Home comforts help Mora Vedri and Torres to Six Day Series title in Mallorca
14 April 2018
Sebastian Mora Vedri and Albert Torres gave the Spanish fans the victory they came hoping for as they were crowned Six Day Series 2017/18 champion in Mallorca.
The world Madison silver medallists won ahead of defending champions Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw in a tight final chase on a night where triple world champion Kirsten Wild found victory easier to come by as she took the women’s title with a clean sweep of race wins.
There was also sweet revenge for the popular Spanish duo as they got the better of Germany’s Madison world champion Roger Kluge and his partner Henning Bommel, who finished third.
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“It’s very emotional for me. It’s the home of Albert and me training on this track,” said Mora Vedri.
“After the focus on the world championships and all the Six Days, to win the final Six Day for me is very emotional.
“The people, all the time me and Albert attack in the race the people give us more power.
“In the last 40 laps all the teams fired in the race. We knew it would be in the sprints where it was won. It was very close all the time.”
There were good omens from the start for Mora Vedri and Torres as they edged the opening 20-minute Madison over de Ketele and de Pauw.
The Belgians got their own back with a victory in the elimination race, leaving them with a one-point lead heading into the final Madison chase.
With five points separating first from fifth it was a race with absolutely no room for mistakes, and the defending champions soon found themselves a lap back as Mora Vedri and Torres held the lead at halfway.
De Ketele and de Pauw pounced to briefly reclaim top spot but found themselves in an uphill struggle to gain extra distance between their chasers.
The unfamiliar duo of Marc Hester and Felix English proved themselves to be the masters over shorter distances having won the Madison time trial earlier on in the day and they briefly found themselves top after gaining a lap and winning the first mid-race sprint.
Kluge and Bommel put in an effort to take laps on the field and held top spot with little time remaining but it was Mora Vedri and Torres’ mixture of sprinting speed and pursuit of laps which set them up to take the win to the delight of the crowd.
Three times a champion at the worlds in Apeldoorn this year, Wild’s victorious night at Six Day Mallorca also saw her wins come in threes as she enjoyed a clean sweep of race triumphs.
The weeks spent out on the road, combined with Wild’s renowned speed on the boards served her to perfection as she took the title ahead of Elisa Balsamo in second and Maria Giulia Confalonieri in third.
“For me it’s very special because it’s my first race in a rainbow jersey. To finish it with a win, I’m really happy with that,” said Wild.
“I always try to go to races without any expectations, but I have to say I’m really happy with the win. It’s just a great feeling.
“I hadn’t done much on the track since after the worlds. I knew I was in OK shape and with a lot of experience you can handle a lot.”
Wild didn’t need to be wearing her rainbow jersey for her class to shine through as she joined a breakaway group of five with just 1km remaining in the opening scratch race and held firm at the front to take her first win of the night.
The following elimination race simply acted to rubberstamp her dominance, but it wasn’t without a bit of hard work as she was forced to fight for it.
Wild found herself facing the fierce Italian duo in the final two sprints and it was a photo finish over Balsamo on the last which confirmed her second win.
In the final points race the Dutchwoman took four mid-race sprints to beat Canada’s world bronze medallist Jasmin Duehring to the victory.
Few riders are as at home in the Six Day cauldron as Max Levy and the German giant proved it from start to finish as he claimed the Six Day Series sprint title.
Levy was fastest over the time trial and eased out Czech rider Robin Wagner in his head-to-head sprint to give himself a virtually unassailable lead.
“I was on the podium in every race so the big goal was to get the piece of wood. I’m pretty happy it worked out,” said Levy.
The European champion and world bronze medallist in the Keirin even had space for a rare defeat, losing his favourite event in a photo finish to runner-up Juan Peralta to give the Spanish crowd one final hurrah.
Levy looked ready to put on a show as he fired away from the field with 300m remaining as he attempted to scatter the Armada of Spanish riders looking to spoil his party.
And he looked all set for it right to the last second when Peralta pegged him back, timing his lunge to perfection to edge Levy into second.
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