It was a thrilling finale to this year’s Phynova Six Day London, as Elia Viviani and Simone Consonni snatched the Elite Men glory while Katie Archibald and Neah Evans were triumphant in the women’s competition.
German sprinter Max Levy also capped off a memorable week with the sprinters’ crown, breaking the Phynova Six Day London 200m Flying Time Trial record not once but twice on days three and four.
But it was day six when things really came to the boil – here are the best snaps from Sunday night.
The man with the golden bike: Elia Viviani’s custom-made Pinarello couldn’t be missed as crowds descended on the venue for the final night
No pain, no gain: several riders took a tumble over the course of the week that left a conspicuous mark on their victims
The damage from Saturday night’s carnage was visible for all to see as the Lee Valley VeloPark prepared for its final night of action
Mark Cavendish, Elia Viviani and Caleb Ewan took time out of their busy pre-race routines to engage with gathering crowds
Vigilance is king if you’re Elia Viviani – especially when it’s your prized possession
Blink and you’ll miss it – crowds were continually kept on their toes on a dramatic final night in the capital
The derny riders were a key part of the spectacle throughout the week as they were involved in some of the most memorable moments
The home favourite Cavendish may have won the 60 lap derny final but it wasn’t enough to stop the charge of Italian stallion Viviani
The final night’s action in the women’s competition was accompanied by a luminous lights display from the adoring crowd
Chemistry was key for Russian pair Mariiaa Averina and Tamara Dronova as they finished sixth in the general classification
An eclectic mix of nationalities were on display but it was the Brits who led the field as Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald duked it out in the scratch race
But it was the brilliant Archibald who prevailed, extending her Six Day hegemony on her return to London
She said on Friday she’d be patient in popping open the champagne – and on Sunday night it was worth the wait for Archibald
Owain Doull and Wim Stroetinga came to blows as the tension augmented on a thrilling Sunday night climax
Unity was everything for Viviani and Consonni as they propelled each other on in a pulsating final chase
Jon Dibben and Chris Latham also showed that everyone needs a helping hand from time to time as they took to the boards in front of their home crowd
The Cavendish and Doull axis proved an effective one as the Welshman starred on his Phynova Six Day London debut
No pairing combined youth and experience more than Oliver Wulff and Marc Hester, as the Danish duo were unfazed by their 15-year age difference
The winning moment: ‘Il Veggente’ soared to a stunning victory in the final chase to dash Cavendish and Doull’s hopes and seal a remarkable debut triumph
Viviani and Consinni were jubilant as they lifted their inaugural Phynova Six Day crown
Teamwork made the dream work for the Italian duo on a night – and week – to remember in the capital