Today marked the second weekend of racing and the start of Round 2 for the Six Day Virtual Series. Sitting atop their respective leader boards, Tomáš Bábek, Amalie Winther Olsen and Sebastian Schmiedel were all looking to maintain their advantage over their rivals and increase their chances of becoming the overall winner.
Check out the video below to watch the full programme.
Sprint (Heat 6)
The first match sprint of the day pitched good friends Jonathan Mitchell and Alex Spratt against each other. Both sprinters were clearly relishing the competition as they began and ended the race with huge smiles. However, it was Spratt that took the bragging rights, leaving it very late to come from behind and beat Mitchell to the line by a small margin.
Keirin (Race 4)
With 10 points on offer, a Keirin win would be a huge boost to any of the riders’ General Classification hopes on Day 1 of Round 2. Coming round to the bell lap it was Jiří Janošek, Denis Dmitriev and Anton Höhne that pushed out in front and created a gap to the rest of the field. Janošek looked in prime position with 150m to go but it was the experienced Russian that powered out of turn 4 to come over the top and seal the win. Janošek did just enough to hold off the advance of Höhne to take 2nd, with the German having to settle for 3rd.
Sprint (Heat 7)
A battle of experience versus youth in Heat 7; Denis took on the highly-touted Anton Höhne. For the opening laps, both riders watched each other intently knowing that the first to attack would likely take the win. With the confidence of youth, it was Höhne that broke the deadlock and put in a huge burst of pace to streak away from Dmitriev down the back straight. Dmitriev was unable to react and Höhne won comfortably in the end, taking a huge scalp over a much more experienced rider.
Men’s Scratch Race
After a fairly uneventful start, the race burst into life with 4 laps remaining and a noticeable increase in pace. The lead changed hands multiple times as the riders jostled for position riding closely as a bunch. Crossing the line for the final lap, Stephen Bradbury shot off the front and led coming into the back straight. Bradbury managed to hold on for the win by the tightest of margins as Sebastian Schmiedel came charging through from 4th position to take 2nd place on the line ahead of Marc Hester. A crucial result for the German, earning him all-important points to maintain his lead at the top of the table.
Bradbury reflected after the race, ‘it’s definitely taken me a little bit of an adjustment [sic], it’s very different but it’s a nice concept. It’s nice to be able to race together and yeah, I think I’m doing okay!’
At the end of Round 2 Day 1, here’s how it stands: