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Katie Archibald in control heading into the final day of the UCI Track Champions League

Katie Archibald will go to the closing round on the Saturday of the opening ceremony UCI Monitor Champions League took control of the women’s endurance rankings after winning Friday’s elimination race at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London.

Archibald’s win over Kirsten Wild, who won the scratch-off race earlier in the night, extended her overall lead to 35 points ahead of Australia’s Anette Edmondson – with a maximum score of 40 as the competition ended with a second night of two heads in London. on Saturday.

Archibald, who won an Olympic gold medal in Madison and his team’s pursuit this summer, survived a few close calls earlier in the elimination race as she circled the back of the herd, but once the Smaller numbers Archibald attacked in the last two laps to clear Wild’s race.

“That’s a lot,” said Archibald. “More than once I planned the final sprint before being disqualified and didn’t get there.

“There was always a bit of hesitation and sometimes I overthink it but I knew before I started, really from my lack of confidence, that if I was going to do anything I would have to go. right. the better and make it as long as possible. ”

Archibald arrived in London with a 13-point lead over Canadian Maggie Coles-Lyster after winning both scratch-off and knockout last week’s round in Panevezys, Lithuania, and the Scot extended his advantage with third place in the opening scratch-off race with the humble 14th Coles -Lyster.

This new look series, designed to attract new fans with its TV-friendly format, was originally slated to consist of six events, but with the Paris leg and finale expected. next week in Tel Aviv both lost the pandemic, it will end this weekend instead.

With a new format for everyone – not least a field of riders who have made it past the Olympics or world championships – Archibald admits she hasn’t quite made it through the rankings, but even with the commanding advantage, she didn’t plan to take it easily on the final night.

TV-friendly series designed to attract new fans of cycling (John Walton/PA)

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“I just downloaded the app,” she said with a laugh when asked about her lead role. “Scoring goals does not come naturally to me. Scoring in omnium is second nature but I’m willing.

“I am not the brightest light on the Christmas tree, but I am the most persistent. Thirty-five sounds good so I’ll go with that.

“A big part of being in this tournament and convincing my coach that it’s a good idea is to have repeated world-class racing experience, so if that didn’t happen, I would have unpromising.

“I know what went wrong in that locust race and it would be nice to fix it.”

Olympic champion and Dutchman Harrie Lavreysen continues to lead the men’s sprint rankings, while Spain’s Sebastian Mora continues to top the men’s endurance rankings.

Germany’s Emma Hinze is leading the slim, just 95 points to 93, ahead of Lea Freidrich after beating her compatriot in the final race of the night.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/katie-archibald-champions-league-uci-british-cycling-australia-b1969656.html Katie Archibald in control heading into the final day of the UCI Track Champions League

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