UCI boss backs Six Day London event
PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 October 2016
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President Cookson praises inaugural series
The inaugural Six Day Series has been given the seal of approval by world cycling’s president Brian Cookson after he visited Lee Valley to get a look at the action.
The Union Cyclisme International (UCI) boss was at the VeloPark velodrome on day five of Six Day London and witnessed a show of strength from the home riders, with Jon Dibben winning the men’s elimination race before Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish took the overall lead and Katie Archibald continued her dominance of the women’s omnium.
Six Day London is the first of a four-event series that takes in the traditional Six Day venues in Europe, before culminating in a one-day shootout for the overall title in Mallorca, in March.
With male pairings and individual women accruing points across the series, the top 12 duos and female riders will qualify for the series finale.
And with Berlin, Amsterdam and Copenhagen still to come in the series, Cookson declared his joy at Madison Sports Group putting their backing behind the once-flagging format.
“I’m really pleased to see someone really reinvesting and reinvigorating the Six Day scene, like the people have here with Six Day London, I think they’re doing a great job” said the former British Cycling president.
“This is an absolutely traditional part of cycling heritage. It was in decline for a number of years, but recently we’ve seen the potential and really seen some really cracking Madison racing.
“We see Six Day cycling growing, and Six Day London is absolutely crucial to that.”
Cavendish and Wiggins go into the final day of the second Six Day London, after it’s rebirth in 2015, in the lead with a lap advantage over defending champions Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw.
The event will be Wiggins’ final race on home soil with the Brits being world Madison champions, while the field features representation from the previous nine world Madison champion pairings.
And with the newly-crowned women’s road world champion Amalie Dideriksen in the women’s omnium field, as well as team pursuit Olympic champions Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker, Cookson was impressed by the calibre of riders attracted to competing at the iconic cycling venue.
“It’s brilliant to be back here after the World Championships and the Olympic games, of course, and to see a full house,” he added.
“The crowd’s full and the atmosphere is absolutely electric and we’ve seen some brilliant racing.
“It’s an absolutely brilliant line-up. You’ve got all the specialists here as well as the world champions of the different disciplines. You’ve got the great women’s riders here too, it’s an absolutely brilliant event.”
*Six Day London takes place between October 25-30 at Lee Valley VeloPark on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Half term fun, with or without the kids.