Heading into the last day of Round 2, all riders were keen to score well and set themselves up before the final round of racing next weekend.
Amalie Winther Olsen, Tomáš Bábek and Sebastian Schmiedel were all hoping to increase their leads at the top of their respective categories to finish on a high. Read the report below to check out how they performed or watch the full programme by clicking the video.
Sprint (Heat 10)
Scottish rider Jonathan Mitchell went to battle against Denis Dmitriev in Heat 10 of the match sprints. Mitchell faced a tall task against such an established rider as Dmitriev but started confidently choosing to lead out the Russian. Dmitriev bided his time, content to follow Mitchell for the initial few laps, however drew level with Mitchell with only one lap remaining. Entering the home straight Dmitriev kicked into an extra gear, propelling himself past Mitchell, timing it perfectly to cross the line in 1st place.
Keirin (Race 6)
The sixth Keirin was the most closely contested race so far with a Czech one-two finish, followed closely by Anton Höhne who rounded out the podium places.
The race was delicately poised with the ringing of the bell with all six riders still in contention. Attempting to catch the field unaware, Anton Höhne struck out bravely on the back straight and looked in good stead to take the win with 15m left to the line. Not one to give up the ghost, Bábek showed his strength to drag himself back into contention and passed Höhne shortly before the finish, taking compatriot Janošek with him.
Women’s Elimination Race
The first to be eliminated was rider Jenny Holl who appeared to have little left in the legs after a relentless few days of racing. Gaby Homer was next to fall finishing in 5th, however it was Winter Olsen’s exit in 4th place, her lowest finish so far, that was the surprise of the race.
With the Dane gone, Barker, Backstedt and Evans were left to fight for the podium spots. Showing impressive strength the two Welsh riders made sure to cross the line in front of Evans eliminating her from the race. Battling hard all the way to the line, it took a photo finish from the judges to decide the winner, which was eventually awarded to Megan Barker.
Talking about her win, Barker said, ‘in the race you’re kind of not sure whether you’ve pipped it or not…I wasn’t sure at the end of that one but luckily I got the win and puts me in a good place ahead of the racing next week.’
Men’s Points Race
Both Marc Hester and Stephen Bradbury made strong starts to the opening Points Race of the Men’s competition taking the first four sprint laps between them. Sebastian Schmiedel needed to finish above both riders to maintain his advantage in the General Classification. At the halfway stage, the German sat seven points behind 1st placed Bradbury but dug in deep to take two sprint wins from the next three, catapulting him into a one lead point lead going into the final sprint.
With double points of offer, Max Beyer, who had had a quiet race surged forwards to take all ten points, leaving Bradbury and Schmiedel to fight for the remaining points on offer. With both riders tiring fast, it was the ultimate test of endurance to the line as Schmiedel triumphed over Bradbury, securing six points and the overall win. Richard Banusch finished in 3rd with Hester unable to take any points from the last sprint, missing out on the podium by 1 point.
At the end of Round 2, Sebastian Schmiedel, Amalie Winther Olsen and Tomáš Bábek maintained their leads at the top of the General Classifications.