A star-studded Elite Men line-up that boasts no fewer than 29 World Championship medals between them will descend on Phynova Six Day London for a pulsating week of racing.
Mark Cavendish and Elia Viviani lead a field aiming to knock defending champions Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga off their perch on the hallowed boards of the Lee Valley Velodrome.
Cavendish arrives as the darling of the home crowd, with World Championship golds in the Madison in 2005, 2008 and 2016 as well as Olympic silver in the omnium at Rio 2016.
And he’ll be partnered by Olympic team pursuit gold medallist Owain Doull, seeking to go one better than the 2016 World Track Championship silver he scooped at the venue three years ago.
Italian sprinter Viviani makes his Six Day bow and is set to renew rivalries with his long-term nemesis Cavendish – who caused a race-defining crash with ‘Il Veggente’ on the Rio boards in 2016.
Viviani’s partner is a similarly skilled operator in Simone Consonni, who scooped a pair of bronzes in the omnium and team pursuit at the World Championships in Apeldoorn in 2018.
Red-hot Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan, who won three stages at this year’s Tour De France including the prestigious Champs-Elysees stage, is partnered by the equally exciting Joshua Harrison.
German rider Theo Reinhardt arrives in London with Six Day pedigree, breaking records on the way to Six Day Berlin triumph last year and eager to build on World Championship success in the Madison at Apeldoorn 2018 and Pruszkow 2019.
The British riders featuring at the event include six-time European champion Andy Tennant featuring alongside Matt Bostock and Jon Dibben and Chris Latham also representing the home nation.
Other nationalities on display also include Polish pairing Filip Prokopyszyn and Daniel Staniszewski, New Zealand duo Hugo Jones and Josh Scott and American double-act Adrian Hegyvary and Daniel Holloway, all of whom will be desperate to impress when the Six Day party arrives on British soil.
Whatever happens, the Elite Men competition will invariably make for absorbing viewing, providing a whole host of thrills and spills to entertain the buoyant London crowd.