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Cycling-Archibald, Lavreysen, Hinze dominate Champions League Opening Track

LONDON (Reuters) – Olympic doubles champion Katie Archibald wowed a packed stadium crowd in London to claim the endurance title as the inaugural UCI Track Champions League ended in a frenzy on Saturday.

With the round in Israel canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, London’s semi-final doubles hit brought the curtain down on what UCI and Discover Sports Events organizers hope will mark a new era in racing. bike.

British racer Archibald cemented her lead in the standings on Friday with victory in the elimination race and second place in Saturday’s 5km scratch-off after Yumi Kajihara secured her That check won 25,000 euros ($28,282.50).

Flying Dutchman Harrie Lavreysen, Olympic and world sprint champion, won the men’s sprint championship after going undefeated in the sprint over four rounds.

American Gavin Hoover won the men’s endurance title after an eventful final round in London in which overnight frontman Sebastian Mora was dropped from the scratch race after causing a collision, displacing his chances his association.

The women’s sprint title went to Germany’s Emma Hinze ahead of her Olympic teammate Lea Friedrich.

Follow the Champions League, launching this year to boost the appeal of mountain biking, features a fan-friendly, TV format and a host of Olympic and world champions.

Riders compete in endurance or sprint tournaments with 18 men and women in each, collecting points and prize money at the Mallorca, Lithuania and London carousels.

Endurance racers compete through laps in rake and elimination races, while sprinters battle in sprint and keirin events with overall endurance and carry sprint champion about 25,000 euros.

For the first time, according to organizers, fans in London will be able to view ‘live data’ from their favorite racers on one app, providing detailed information on strength, heart rate and speed.

Archibald, who won a team gold medal at the Rio and Madison Olympics with Laura Kenny in Tokyo, made a fitting finale as she crowned her title by defeating former rival Kirsten Wild’s Netherlands to take first place in the elimination race, the final leg of Wild’s career.

British multiple Olympic gold medalist Ed Clancy was fielded in his last race before retiring. “I’ve never heard such a roar because it’s approaching 18!” he say.

“This seems like a really big deal,” Archibald told Eurosport analyst and event ambassador Chris Hoy, a former British track and field athlete, briefing the event at the track.

The Champions League race track has suffered from some teething problems, only being able to have four rounds, instead of the scheduled six, after Paris and Tel Aviv canceled due to pandemic-related reasons.

But the overall impression was positive when organizers pointed to the fact that 50% of the large first-round crowd in Mallorca last month watched cycling for the first time.

Francois Ribeiro, Discovery Sports Events Head, said: “We are just scratch the surface of what we can do.

Kristina Vogel, the retired great German who helped bring the new format together, said: “It’s great to see this project come to fruition. I’m just jealous that this trophy won’t be in my living room.”

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(Reporting by Martyn Herman)

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