For the first time in the Series, there was a new leader at the top of the Women’s classification at the end of yesterday’s racing. Megan Barker jumped above Amalie Winther Olsen in the rankings with a string of gritty performances including taking back-to-back wins in the last two races.
However, it was business as usual in the other two categories with Tomáš Bábek showing no signs of relinquishing his grip on first place, having extended his lead to 16 points in the Sprinters’ category. Likewise in the Men’s competition, Sebastian Schmiedel sat 12 points above his nearest rival Stephen Bradbury heading into the penultimate day.
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Sprint (Heat 13)
Alex Spratt was looking to get another sprint win under his belt against Denis Dmitriev having managed only one in the competition so far. It was a tight battle all the way to the line with the lead changing hands multiple times on the final lap as the riders pushed each other hard. Despite Spratt’s courageous efforts, it was the powerful Russian sprinter who took the win coming over the top with only a few metres to go. Both riders ended the race in smiles, and perhaps Spratt ruing his missed opportunity.
Keirin (Race 8)
A surprise winner in the eighth Keirin event of the competition as Jonathan Mitchell took his maiden win with an excellently timed attack. Mitchell stormed down the middle pipping both Denis Dmitriev and Tomáš Bábek into 2nd and 3rd respectively and perhaps taking advantage of a few tired legs from his rivals. An impressive win for the Scotsman who was commented, ‘it’s great to get a win…I’ve been flagging away at the back in all the other races, so good to finally get a win. It’s all good!’
Sprint (Heat 14)
It was first versus second in the penultimate heat of the match sprints as Tomáš Bábek was drawn against Anton Höhne. The German had a perfect sprint record coming into the race and was hoping he could make it five from five. Hoping to take his rival by surprise Höhne jumped early just before the bell lap but the Czech rider was quick to react and responded with his own burst of pace. Bábek surged past Höhne heading into the home straight and managed to keep the young German at bay all the way to the line.
Men’s Elimination Race
The first rider to be eliminated was a surprising result as British rider Stephen Bradbury crossed the line in last place. Experienced Dane, Marc Hester, was next to fall leaving it too late to form an attack and lost out to Max Beyer. It was left to the three Germans to battle it out but it was Richard Banusch that had nothing left in the tank and had to settle for 3rdplace. With Hester and Bradbury out of the race, it was a good opportunity for Sebastian Schmiedel to extend his lead at the top of the table. The classification leader did just that, securing himself 2nd place, an impressive performance but just unable to keep up with his compatriot Max Beyer who clinched the win.
The general classification across all three categories heading into the final day looks like this: