It was the turn of the Women to kick off their second round of competition with a Scratch Race on Day 2. For the first time this Series, there was also a new leader in the Sprinters’ General Classification with Anton Höhne starting Day 2 in 1st place. Click on the video below to watch the whole programme in full.
Sprint (Heat 8)
The new leader Höhne faced Czech rider Jiří Janošek in the first sprint of Day 2. Janošek was looking for his second win of the competition and some important points to propel himself up from 5th on the leader board. Höhne showed his confidence by leading right from the start. The 20-year old was practically unchallenged as he took a comfortable victory ahead of his rival with Janošek seemingly unable to ever get going and mount any sort of attack.
Keirin (Race 5)
The fifth Keirin of the Series was won by a late surge from Tomáš Bábek, earning 10 points just in front of Anton Höhne. The European Champion showed great strength to fight all the way to the line and keep his hopes of securing the overall classification win alive.
Höhne piled the pressure on the rest of the field with an early break coming into the final lap however the bunch responded quickly, chasing the German down with 30m to go. Jonathan Mitchell took home 3rd place and 5 points just behind Höhne. Points that were desperately needed if he was to mount any sort of comeback from his 6th position on the leader board.
Sprint (Heat 9)
Tomáš Bábek was under no illusions as to the importance of this race heading into Heat 9. A victory here would return the sprinter to the top of the General Classification, one point ahead of Höhne. Determined to make life difficult for the Czech, Alex Spratt attacked hard on the final lap, opening up a 10m gap entering the back straight. Spratt went deep to try and hold off the advancing Bábek but to no avail as the 33-year old came storming past to win the sprint in a close finish.
Appreciating the challenge mounted by Spratt having had to reach a top speed of 70.6kph to clinch victory, Bábek respectively mused, ‘it was a nice close race!’
Women’s Scratch Race
The first Scratch Race of the Women’s competition was a hard-fought contest that was eventually won by Danish rider Amalie Winther Olsen. It was an impressive performance of endurance from the Dane pushing through the pain to take the win in front of a fast finishing Zoe Backstedt. Megan Barker took 3rd place, with Gaby Homer sandwiched in-between Scottish riders Jenny Holl in 4th and Neah Evans in 6th.
Winther Olsen spoke to Rebecca Charlton after her win, ‘it was so hard! It was full gas from the beginning and I think it was the longest thirty laps I’ve ever done…I’m quite happy about that!’ With that victory, the Dane extended her lead at the top of the Women’s competition to ten points from Welsh rider Megan Barker.
Heading into the last day of Round 2, here are the standings!