Movers and shakers on day two at Six day Brisbane

13th April 2019

Two days down, but we’re no clearer who might have their
name on the crown at the culmination of Six Day Brisbane.

An electric day in the elite men’s competition as Sam
Welsford and Cameron Scott put together a pair of wins to pile the pressure
onto narrow leaders Kell O’Brien and Leigh Howard.

It’s advantage Katie Archibald in the women’s
classification, after another professional pair of displays on the saddle ensured
her place at the summit ahead of Day 3, while Ethan Mitchell and Patrick
Constable continue to play out a battle for the ages in their bids for the
sprinters’ title.

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Howard and O’Brien’s lead at the top of the elite men’s standings
was cut to just three points after a stellar evening from their compatriots
Welsford and Scott.

Despite a third-place finish in the opening 20 minute
Madison Chase for the leaders, the challengers were the last men standing in
the Team Elimination, before one final push from Welsford set up victory in the
gruelling 45 minute Madison Chase to close out the night.

“That was full gas out there,” said Welsford after their second
triumph.

“It took us about ten laps to get that last one with about
six to go. Cam had to come round and throw me in for the sprint. I had a little
bit of speed left and got to the line in second to get the win.

“We raced hard today, so we might have to take it easy at the
start of the night, but then we have the last day to empty the tank completely.”

And Scott added: “Forty-five minutes is a very long time, especially
at that pace. It’s the second win of the night for Sam and I, so I couldn’t be
happier with that.”

Archibald asserted her advantage over the field in the women’s
competition as she opened up a 22-point lead over nearest challenger Amy Cure
in the general classification.

A standout 20km Madison victory for Cure and partner Alex Manly
took a dent out of the Scot’s advantage, but a disappointing finish for the Australian
duo in the Team Elimination was compounded when Archibald and Trine Schmidt
powered to a first-place finish.

It was a day of toing and froing in the sprinters’
standings, with Etan Mitchell ending the day on top of the pile after trading places
with Pat Constable throughout the night.

Entering day two with the general classification advantage,
the New Zealander ceded his lead to the home favourite after Constable edged
him out in the sprint final.

And he looked to capitalise in the kierin when he hit the
front of the pack early, but to be reeled in by Zac Williams, as Mitchell profited
from the fading Constable to re-take the overnight lead, with just two points
separating the duo.