Archibald rules at Six Day London event
PUBLISHED: 09:30 31 October 2016
GB ace takes top spot in women’s competition
The untouchable Katie Archibald confirmed her women’s omnium supremacy at Six Day London and took home the crown in front of a capacity crowd at the Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome last night.
Archibald, fresh from Olympic team pursuit gold in Rio and the individual pursuit and omnium double at last week’s European championships, was the rider to beat in London.
Having won every race she contested on the first night of competition, she took another three wins on the penultimate day, only being beaten in the 10km points race.
And she confirmed her title, ahead of fellow Scot and Podium Ambition team-mate Neah Evans, by winning both the elimination and points races on the final day of her debut Six Day competition.
“I’ve got a good track record in Six Day record so far,” joked the 22-year-old.
“I’ve had a fantastic time. I feel like I’ve had some really iconic moments racing against the fierce rivalry there’s been here, with world road champion Amalie Dideriksen and Evans, she seems like the most dominant track rider in the UK at the moment.
“As well as Olympic champion Elinor Barker, there are so many different nations we’ve been able to push each other to some exciting races, I think.”
Evans finished second to Archibald in all of her race wins, but finally got a win of her own on the final day, taking the scratch race.
And Archibald said the friendly rivalry with her 25-year-old compatriot makes for enthralling viewing.
“She’s got some serious turn of speed,” she added.
“We race together so often that I think we get caught focusing so much on each other just because we’re training all the time together and we’re going to be racing every weekend against each other now.
“It’s quite exciting when you get to know somebody’s tips and I guess we end up chasing each other’s tail quite often.”
Despite finishing second to Archibald so many times Evans was not left downhearted, but was glad she managed to get the elusive win with the final race of the competition.
“I got that win in the end,” said the Scot. “I really wanted it and it was nice to win that race.
“It’s a fantastic achievement and I’m really pleased. It’s been an amazing few days of racing despite constantly coming second to Katie.
“We were just saying to each other – ‘let’s have it!’ She’s stronger than me, she’s better than me but it’s so good to race against her.
“It’s great fun. It makes losing so much more exciting. The crowd really get behind you and you’ll be coming back and thinking ‘can I get her?’”
Newly-crowned world road race champion Amalie Dideriksen finished third on 48 points, 33 behind Archibald, with Evans just 14 off her fellow Scot.
*Six Day London took place between October 25-30 at Lee Valley VeloPark on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
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