Kirsten Wild geared for London as Six Day stars shine in Glasgow European Championships
08 August 2018
Our Six Day Series riders look primed and ready for success at Six Day London after dominating the track at the European Championships in Scotland.
And after tearing up the boards of Glasgow at the European Championships, you would be forgiven for thinking that it was the Kirsten Wild Velodrome rather than Sir Chris Hoy’s hallowed turf.
Off the back of claiming golds in both the Omnium and 10km scratch race, the triple world champion from Apeldoorn now sets her sights on winning a first Six Day London title and what better way to prepare than to coast her way past her continental counterparts?
Holding out home rider Emily Kay in the scratch race, the defending Six Day Series champion looked assured in crossing the line to claim yet another medal to add to an ever-growing collection.
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The 2018 Omnium world champion’s mission for dominance continued in Glasgow, sticking to the wheel of Katie Archibald to deliver another comfortable victory in the multi-race discipline.
While the battle for track cycling supremacy continues between Wild and Archibald – the Glasgow-born Olympic champion will not be overly disappointed by her performance at her home games.
No rider won more medals on the track than Archibald – claiming gold in the team pursuit with fellow 2017 Six Day competitors Elinor Barker and Neah Evans.
And if 11 European gold medals weren’t already enough – three-time world champion Archibald added two more silvers to her collection in the Omnium and individual pursuit.
British track great and Six Day London 2017 rider Steven Burke will again have to find more room in his bursting trophy cabinet with a commendable bronze in the men’s team pursuit.
But the home nation were kind also enough to let other Six Day riders get involved in the medal party too, including German Six Day rider Stefan Bötticher who clinched Keirin gold ahead of Sébastien Vigier.
He linked up with compatriot and 2016 Six Day London sprint champion Joachim Eilers to deliver bronze in the team sprint, before Eilers took silver in the 1km time trial.
Maria Giulia Confalonieri has a Six Day Series bronze already under her belt and can now add a European Championship gold to add to her CV.
The Italian U23 European Championship scratch race champion had to work hard for her first taste of senior gold, pipping Iva Sanenka to top the podium by a solitary point.
Fellow Six Day competitors Elisa Balsamo, Tristan Marguet and Miriam Welte didn’t shy away from the medal ceremonies themselves – all winning European Championship medals.
With so much success already in 2018 – it remains to be seen who can deliver at Six Day London. Luckily the wait isn’t all too far away…