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UCI Track Champions League – Round 2 – Panevézys

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The UCI Champions League moved to Lithuania and the Cido Arena in Panevėžys for Round 2 with Emma Hinze and Harrie Lavreysen leading the Sprint competitions and Corbin Strong and Katie Archibald the Endurance.

Women’s Sprint

First Round

With this evening’s heats seeded based on the results from Round 1, we kicked off with Shanne Braspennincx of the Netherlands, Mathilde Gros of France and Anastasiia Voinova of Russia.

A slow build with Braspennincx at the head of the train, then saw Gros attack with two to go and – although the Dutch rider almost got on terms at the start of the final lap – it was Gros that held on to take it.

Miriam Vece of Italy, Yana Tyschenko of Russia and Yuli Verdugo of Mexico lined up for Heat 2 and it was Vece who took the initiative. She was swamped by Verdugo at the bell and the Mexican came round her to proceed to the Semi Final.

Martha Bayona for Columbia, Mina Sato of Japan and Lauriane Genest of Canada and started their heat in the dark, but it was Bayona who tried to light up the race early on. Genest wasn’t happy with that, though and came through to take the win

Laurine van Riessen of the Netherlands, Olena Starikova of Ukraine and Lea Sophie Friedrich of Germany made up Heat 3. Friedrich and van Riessen were shoulder to shoulder for most of the heat, but Starikova simply rode round them through turn 4 to take a comfortable win.

Local hero Simona Krupeckaite lined up alongside Daria Shmeleva of Russia and Kelsey Mitchell of Canada. Krupeckaite dived inside and went for a long one – Mitchell closed the gap but the Lithuanian delighted the crowd with the win.

Riyu Ohta of Japan, Sophie Capewell of Great Britain and Emma Hinze of Germany giving the first outing to the mint-coloured leader’s jersey – and it’s first win, leading from the front.

Heat 1
1 Emma HINZE GERMANY
2 Sophie CAPEWELL GREAT BRITAIN
3 Riyu OHTA JAPAN

Heat 2
1 Simona KRUPECKAITE LITHUANIA
2 Kelsey MITCHELL CANADA
3 Daria SHMELEVA RUSSIA

Heat 3
1 Olena STARIKOVA UKRAINE
2 Lea FRIEDRICH GERMANY
3 Laurine VAN RIESSEN NETHERLANDS

Heat 4
1 Lauriane GENEST CANADA
2 Mina SATO JAPAN
3 Martha BAYONA PINEDA COLOMBIA

Heat 5
1 Yuli VERDUGO MEXICO
2 Yana TYSHCHENKO RUSSIA
3 Miriam VECE ITALY

Heat 6
1 Mathilde GROS FRANCE
2 Shanne BRASPENNINCX NETHERLANDS
3 Anastasiia VOINOVA RUSSIA

Semi-Finals

The first Semi-Final saw Hinze take on Gros and Starikova. Gros held off Hinze initially but came round to take the place in the final, despite a late challenge from Starikova.

The home crowd was fully behind Krupeckaite in the second Semi-Final against Verdugo and Genest. Genest held off the Lithuanian early on until she blew up, leaving Verdugo to move into second and the Canadian into the Final.

Heat 1
1 Emma HINZE GERMANY
2 Olena STARIKOVA UKRAINE
3 Mathilde GROS FRANCE

Heat 2
1 Lauriane GENEST CANADA
2 Yuli VERDUGO MEXICO
3 Simona KRUPECKAITE LITHUANIA

Final

Genest – rather than Denis Dmitriev, as announced on screen – lined up against Hinze in the one-on-one final. Genest rode the race you’d expect her to, shadowing the German and almost coming alongside at the bell, but Hinze comfortably held on to take the win and extend her Championship lead.

1 Emma HINZE GERMANY
2 Lauriane GENEST CANADA

Men’s Keirin

First Round

The opening heat of the Men’s Keirin saw Harrie Lavreysen of the Netherlands up against Jair Tjon en Fa of Suriname, Jai Angsuthaswit of Thailand, Ryan Helal of France, Kevin Quintero of Colombia and Mateusz Rudyk of Poland.

Helal led out the Sprint but Lavreysen came through strongly to take the first qualifying spot, with Quintero initially joining him in the Final, but causing a crash and suffering a relegation. Helal takes his place.

Home rider Vasilijus Lendel, New Zealand’s Jordan Castle, Kento Yamasaki of Japan, Jean Spies of South Africa, Round 1 Keirin winner Stefan Boetticher of Germany and Mikhail Yakovlev of Russia were next up – with Lendel again delighting the crowd as he held on to take second behind Boetticher.

Heat 3 saw Jeffrey Hoogland of the Netherlands, Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago, Tom Derache of France, Hugo Barrette of Canada, Max Levy of Germany and Denis Dmitriev of Russia battling it out for the last two spots in the Final.

Hoogland takes an easy win in the final heat with Dmitriev second, albeit a long way back – after Paul and Derache lost out following some shoulder-to-shoulder action.

Heat 1
1 Harrie LAVREYSEN NETHERLANDS
2 Rayan HELAL FRANCE +0.061
3 Jai ANGSUTHASAWIT THAILAND +0.073
4 Mateusz RUDYK POLAND +0.117
5 Jair TJON EN FA SURINAME +0.268
REL Kevin Santiago QUINTERO CHAVARRO COLOMBIA +2

Heat 2
1 Stefan BÖTTICHER GERMANY
2 Vasilijus LENDEL LITHUANIA +0.088
3 Jordan CASTLE NEW ZEALAND +0.161
4 Mikhail YAKOVLEV RUSSIA +0.174
5 Kento YAMASAKI JAPAN +0.362
6 Jean SPIES SOUTH AFRICA +0.539

Heat 3
1 Jeffrey HOOGLAND NETHERLANDS
2 Denis DMITRIEV RUSSIA +0.395
3 Hugo BARRETTE CANADA +0.546
4 Tom DERACHE FRANCE +0.560
5 Maximilian LEVY GERMANY +0.799
6 Nicholas PAUL TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO +0.887

Final

Hoogland, Lavreysen and Boetticher were the favourites for the Final – though not necessarily in that order – with Lendel, Dmitriev and Helal outside bets at best.

It was Hoogland who led initially, but Lavreysen swept past in the early stages. Lendel did make a challenge that raised the crowd’s hopes – but after a little contact between the two Lavreysen pulled clear to win from Hoogland and Boetticher.

1 Harrie LAVREYSEN NETHERLANDS
2 Jeffrey HOOGLAND NETHERLANDS +0.056
3 Stefan BÖTTICHER GERMANY +0.092
4 Rayan HELAL FRANCE +0.188
5 Denis DMITRIEV RUSSIA +0.385
6 Vasilijus LENDEL LITHUANIA +0.525

Men’s Scratch

Corbin Strong win both Endurance events in Mallorca, so was always going to be a marked man here. As ever with a Men’s Scratch Race, the pace was strong from the start but the first half of the race passed without an attack.

Strong seemed comfortable with the attention and was always near the front of the train but with three to go they bunched up before Rhys Britton of Great Britain went at the bell. Sebastian Mora of Spain came round him on the final bend, though, to take the win with Strong down in 8th, one place ahead of his nearest series rival Iuri Leitao of Portugal.

1 Sebastian MORA SPAIN
2 Rhys BRITTON GREAT BRITAIN
3 Gavin HOOVER USA
4 Kelland O’BRIEN AUSTRALIA
5 Claudio IMHOF SWITZERLAND
6 Michele SCARTEZZINI ITALY
7 Alan BANASZEK POLAND
8 Corbin STRONG NEW ZEALAND
9 Iuri LEITAO PORTUGAL
10 Kazushige KUBOKI JAPAN
11 Ed CLANCY GREAT BRITAIN
12 Aaron GATE NEW ZEALAND
13 Roy EEFTING NETHERLANDS
14 Jules HESTERS BELGIUM
15 Erik MARTORELL HAGA SPAIN
16 Rotem TENE ISRAEL
17 Yacine CHALEL ALGERIA
DNS Tuur DENS BELGIUM

Women’s Scratch

Maggie Coles-Lyster of Canada took a shock win in Mallorca and the fear was that the big guns wouldn’t allow themselves to be taken by surprise again.

It was a slight surprise when Tania Calvo of Spain was dropped onto the track at the aborted start, but after the restart it was Championship leader Katie Archibald of Great Britain who made the early move after just four laps. The bunch increased the pace, but it wasn’t until Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands took control that the gap came down. The move lasted five laps.

The final bunch sprint saw Emily Kay of Ireland and Maggie Coles-Lyster in contention, but it was Archibald who came through to take the win from the Canadian moved into second overall.

1 Katie ARCHIBALD GREAT BRITAIN
2 Maggie COLES-LYSTER CANADA
3 Yumi KAJIHARA JAPAN
4 Annette EDMONDSON AUSTRALIA
5 Anita Yvonne STENBERG NORWAY
6 Kirsten WILD NETHERLANDS
7 Emily KAY IRELAND
8 Maria MARTINS PORTUGAL
9 Olivija BALEISYTE LITHUANIA
10 Silvia ZANARDI ITALY
11 Eukene LARRARTE SPAIN
12 Gulnaz KHATUNTSEVA RUSSIA
13 Michelle ANDRES SWITZERLAND
14 Kendall RYAN USA
15 Tania CALVO SPAIN
16 Alzbeta BACIKOVA SLOVAKIA
17 Hanna TSERAKH BELARUS
18 Karolina KARASIEWICZ POLAND

Men’s Sprint

First Round

Angsuthasawit, Rudyk and Lavreysen lined up for the opening heat of the Men’s Sprint. Lavreysen’s efforts in the Keirin and the short recovery time meant that it wasn’t a foregone conclusion. Rudyk got the jump on the Dutch rider, but Harrie then lit the afterburners and went through easily.

Heat 2 pitted Castle, Yamasaki and Boetticher against each other with Boetticher taking the early initiative and dominating the heat once the sprint opened up.

Dmitriev (rather than Genest…), Barrette and Hoogland in Heat 3, with the Russian taking the initiative early on, with Barrette then taking it on… before Dmitriev came back and took the win.

Heat 4 featured Levy, Derache and Paul and it was the German who made the first move, building a five bike length lead by the bell, but it wasn’t enough to see off Paul, who held off Derache to progress to the Semi Finals.

The crowd were fully behind Lendel in Heat 5 with Spies and – probably the favourite – Yakovlev. And Yakovlev went long with Lendel charging to the line – with the Russian just taking it by the width of a tub.

The final heat saw Tjon en Fa, Helal and Quintero go head-to-head(-to-head).

Quintero made the early move, with Tjon En Fa taking over at the front, building up a decent lead – but the Colombian wasn’t done and rolled the Suriname rider on the run in.

Heat 1
1 Harrie LAVREYSEN NETHERLANDS
2 Jai ANGSUTHASAWIT THAILAND
3 Mateusz RUDYK POLAND

Heat 2
1 Stefan BÖTTICHER GERMANY
2 Jordan CASTLE NEW ZEALAND
3 Kento YAMASAKI JAPAN

Heat 3
1 Denis DMITRIEV RUSSIA
2 Hugo BARRETTE CANADA
3 Jeffrey HOOGLAND NETHERLANDS

Heat 4
1 Nicholas PAUL TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
2 DERACHE Tom FRANCE
3 Maximilian LEVY GERMANY

Heat 5
1 Mikhail YAKOVLEV RUSSIA
2 Vasilijus LENDEL LITHUANIA
3 Jean SPIES SOUTH AFRICA

Heat 6
1 Kevin Santiago QUINTERO CHAVARRO COLOMBIA
2 Jair TJON EN FA SURINAME
3 Rayan HELAL FRANCE

Semi-Finals

Dmitriev, Lavreysen and Quintero formed Heat 1 – with the Dutch rider the clear favourite. Quintero led the early stages but Lavreysen held him off to progress to the final with Dmitriev challenging briefly before blowing spectacularly.

Boetticher has Yakovlev and Paul to contend with in Heat 2 and it’s the German who makes the early running but Paul is ahead at the bell and wins by a country mile.

Heat 1
1 Harrie LAVREYSEN NETHERLANDS
2 Kevin Santiago QUINTERO CHAVARRO COLOMBIA
3 Denis DMITRIEV RUSSIA

Heat 2
1 Nicholas PAUL TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
2 Stefan BÖTTICHER GERMANY
3 Mikhail YAKOVLEV RUSSIA

Final

The two finalists are, without question, the fastest sprinters in the world at the moment, but Paul’s pace deserts him earlier and has to be timed perfectly while Lavreysen is the better tactical sprinter.

Paul took the lead earlier than he probably needed to do and then  hit the gas long before the bell. He pulled out a big gap but it never looked big enough and as Paul ran out of steam, Lavreysen was still accelerating. Whether he could have come closer if he’d held back for another 20 or 50 metres we’ll never know, but Lavreysen flew past long before the line.

1 Harrie LAVREYSEN NETHERLANDS
2 Nicholas PAUL TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Men’s Elimination

Strong won the Elimination in Round 1, too but dropped a lot of points earlier in the evening here. Could he score enough points here to lead the series heading to London?

Ed Clancy of Great Britain was the first rider out after a blistering ‘neutral’ lap – Yacine Chelal of Algeria looked to be in trouble on both the opening sprints but no rider was announced as eliminated and the race had to be neutralised to pull him out. It had just restarted when Erik Mortorell of Spain had a mechanical and the race was neutralised again – at which point Mortorell was eliminated…

Alan Banaszek of Poland is first out once the race resumes properly, followed by Claudio Imhof of Switzerland. Rotem Tene of Israel is next, followed by Britton.

Roy Eefting of the Netherlands takes 10th – with Leitao, 2nd after Mallorca, 9th. Jules Hester of Belgium is next out – with Strong the second of the favourites next to go, followed by Kuboki of Japan.

Gavin Hoover takes fifth leaving Mora, Aaron Gate of New Zealand, Michele Scartezzini of Italy and Kelland O’Brien of Australia on the track – and it’s the Italian who is first to go. O’Brien dies completely leaving the Kiwi and the Spaniard to fight for the win.

Mora then repeats Strong’s performance from Round 1 – doing the double in Lithuania.

1 Sebastian MORA SPAIN
2 Aaron GATE NEW ZEALAND
3 Kelland O’BRIEN AUSTRALIA
4 Michele SCARTEZZINI ITALY
5 Gavin HOOVER USA
6 Kazushige KUBOKI JAPAN
7 Corbin STRONG NEW ZEALAND
8 Jules HESTERS BELGIUM
9 Iuri LEITAO PORTUGAL
10 Roy EEFTING NETHERLANDS
11 Rhys BRITTON GREAT BRITAIN
12 Rotem TENE ISRAEL
13 Claudio IMHOF SWITZERLAND
14 Alan BANASZEK POLAND
15 Erik MARTORELL HAGA SPAIN
16 Yacine CHALEL ALGERIA
17 Ed CLANCY GREAT BRITAIN
DNS Tuur DENS BELGIUM

Women’s Keirin

First Round

Heat 1 features Ohta, Voinova, Capewell, Hinze, Gros and Brasspenincx – with Hinze behind the derny from the gun. Capewell rolls round to the front but Gros takes over briefly, before Ohta powers through and the Japanese rider joins Hinze in the Final.

The crowd are behind Krupeckaite again but it’s Mitchell who takes control with Van Riessen joining her in the the Final, with Vece, Krupeckaite, Tsychenko and Verdugo missing out.

The third and final heat saw Friedrich, Shmeleva, Sato, Starikova, Genest and Bayona battle out for the final two qualifying spots. Friedrich takes a comfortable win with Bayona joining her in the final, with Olympic Bronze medalist Genest down in fourth, behind Sato.

Heat 1
1 Riyu OHTA JAPAN
2 Emma HINZE GERMANY +0.002
3 Shanne BRASPENNINCX NETHERLANDS +0.101
4 Mathilde GROS FRANCE +0.356
5 Anastasiia VOINOVA RUSSIA +0.369
6 Sophie CAPEWELL GREAT BRITAIN +2.569

Heat 2
1 Kelsey MITCHELL CANADA
2 Laurine VAN RIESSEN NETHERLANDS +0.066
3 Yana TYSHCHENKO RUSSIA +0.224
4 Simona KRUPECKAITE LITHUANIA +0.369
5 Miriam VECE ITALY +0.548
6 Yuli VERDUGO MEXICO +0.774

Heat 3
1 Lea FRIEDRICH GERMANY
2 Martha BAYONA PINEDA COLOMBIA +0.022
3 Mina SATO JAPAN +0.09
4 Lauriane GENEST CANADA +0.253
5 Olena STARIKOVA UKRAINE +0.41
6 Daria SHMELEVA RUSSIA +0.612

Final

The Final was between Friedrich, Mitchell, Van Riessen, Hinze, Bayona and Ohta with Friedrich on the wheel of the pacer. Hinze moves to the front but Friedrich comes round before Mitchell makes her move. The Canadian battles with Hinze and allows Friedrich to ride away – with the Germans ultimately taking the one-two.

1 Lea FRIEDRICH GERMANY
2 Emma HINZE GERMANY +0.078
3 Kelsey MITCHELL CANADA +0.14
4 Martha BAYONA PINEDA COLOMBIA +0.2
5 Laurine VAN RIESSEN NETHERLANDS +0.229
6 Riyu OHTA JAPAN +0.299

Women’s Elimination

Archibald made up for disappointment in the Round 1 Scratch Race by taking the win in the Elimination – would she be able to do the double this week?

Another blistering neutralised lap Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands unclipped and was the shock first elimination with Hanna Tserakh of Belarus the first conventional dismissal.

Yumi Kajihara of Japan will be disappointed with her early departure and Archibald looked as though she might be in trouble on the following lap but round round the outside, leaving Eukene Larrarte of Spain in trouble. Gulnaz Khatuntseva of Russia – who missed Round 1 through injury – was next, followed by Alžbeta Bačíková of Slovakia and Emily Kay of Ireland.

Maria Martins of Portugal bowed out just before the top ten was decided, with Michelle Andres of Switzerland taking 10th place. Kaolina Karasiewicz of Poland went next with Tania Calvo of Spain taking 8th.

Controversially, it is Olivija Baleisyte of Lithuania who went next, followed by Kendall Ryan of the USA – which left Archibald and Coles-Lyster guaranteed top a five result. Annette Edmondson of Australia made it four and it was Archibald and Coles-Lyster battling to void being fourth, with the Scot winning out. Silvia Zanardi of Italy had gone long and blew, leaving Archibald and Anita Stenberg to sprint for the win. Unsurprisingly, it was over with half a lap to go, but it was a brilliant result for the Norwegian.

1 Katie ARCHIBALD GREAT BRITAIN
2 Anita Yvonne STENBERG NORWAY
3 Silvia ZANARDI ITALY
4 Maggie COLES-LYSTER CANADA
5 Annette EDMONDSON AUSTRALIA
6 Kendall RYAN USA
7 Olivija BALEISYTE LITHUANIA
8 Tania CALVO SPAIN
9 Karolina KARASIEWICZ POLAND
10 Michelle ANDRES SWITZERLAND
11 Maria MARTINS PORTUGAL
12 Emily KAY IRELAND
13 Alzbeta BACIKOVA SLOVAKIA
14 Gulnaz KHATUNTSEVA RUSSIA
15 Eukene LARRARTE SPAIN
16 Yumi KAJIHARA JAPAN
17 Hanna TSERAKH BELARUS
18 Kirsten WILD NETHERLANDS

Overall Standings

There were a couple of changes in the overall League standings, but in the Men’s Sprint Lavreysen extends his read from a slender three points to a much more healthy 18. In the Women’s Sprint, Hinze, too, remains on top with an identical 18 point lead.

Katie Archibald, too, stays on top of the Women’s Endurance League table, but is now 13 points clear of Maggie Coles-Lyster. The closest competition of all, though, is in the Men’s Endurance League where Corbin Strong loses the lead to Sebastian Mora – but the Spaniard has a slender two point lead with Gavin Hoover just four points further back in third.

Men’s Sprint

Round 1Round 2Total
1Harrie LAVREYSENNETHERLANDS374077
2Stefan BÖTTICHERGERMANY332659
3Jeffrey HOOGLANDNETHERLANDS301747
4Nicholas  PAULTRINIDAD AND TOBAGO241741
5Mikhail YAKOVLEVRUSSIA181634
6Vasilijus LENDELLITHUANIA131932
7Kevin QUINTERO COLOMBIA161531
8Denis DMITRIEVRUSSIA62430
9Rayan HELALFRANCE141428
10Mateusz RUDYKPOLAND101424
11Hugo BARRETTECANADA11920
12Jai ANGSUTHASAWITTHAILAND21719
13Tom DERACHEFRANCE12618
14Jair TJON EN FASURINAME9817
15Jordan CASTLENEW ZEALAND41115
16Kento YAMASAKIJAPAN11415
17Jean SPIESSOUTH AFRICA639
18Maximilian LEVYGERMANY628

Women’s Sprint

Round 1Round 2Total
1Emma HINZEGERMANY373774
2Lea FRIEDRICHGERMANY302656
3Kelsey  MITCHELLCANADA351550
4Lauriane GENESTCANADA132336
5Martha BAYONA PINEDACOLOMBIA221436
6Mathilde GROSFRANCE161834
7Shanne BRASPENNINCXNETHERLANDS181634
8Yana TYSHCHENKORUSSIA151631
9Olena STARIKOVAUKRAINE111728
10Simona KRUPECKAITELITHUANIA91423
11Mina SATOJAPAN61622
12Miriam VECEITALY19322
13Laurine VAN RIESSENNETHERLANDS51520
14Yuli VERDUGOMEXICO61117
15Riyu OHTAJAPAN71017
16Anastasiia  VOINOVARUSSIA7815
17Daria SHMELEVARUSSIA505
18Sophie CAPEWELLGREAT BRITAIN134

Women’s Endurance

Round 1Round 2Total
1Katie ARCHIBALDGREAT BRITAIN334073
2Maggie COLES-LYSTERCANADA303060
3Anita Yvonne STENBERGNORWAY222850
4Annette EDMONDSONAUSTRALIA232447
5Olivija BALEISYTELITHUANIA281644
6Kirsten WILDNETHERLANDS251035
7Silvia ZANARDIITALY112132
8Yumi KAJIHARAJAPAN131528
9Maria MARTINSPORTUGAL131326
10Emily KAYIRELAND91322
11Hanna TSERAKHBELARUS22022
12Kendall RYANUSA61218
13Tania CALVOSPAIN9918
14Michelle ANDRESSWITZERLAND6915
15Karolina KARASIEWICZPOLAND4711
16Eukene LARRARTESPAIN4610
17Alzbeta BACIKOVASLOVAKIA437
18Gulnaz  KHATUNTSEVARUSSIA066

Men’s Endurance

Round 1Round 2Total
1Sebastian MORASPAIN194059
2Corbin STRONGNEW ZEALAND401757
3Gavin HOOVERUSA272653
4Iuri LEITAOPORTUGAL301444
5Aaron GATENEW ZEALAND202141
6Kelland O’BRIENAUSTRALIA122840
7Rhys BRITTONGREAT BRITAIN162238
8Kazushige KUBOKIJAPAN161632
9Michele SCARTEZZINIITALY72330
10Roy EEFTINGNETHERLANDS20929
11Alan BANASZEKPOLAND161127
12Jules HESTERSBELGIUM71017
13Erik MARTORELL HAGASPAIN15217
14Claudio IMHOFSWITZERLAND01414
15Rotem  TENEISRAEL549
16Ed CLANCYGREAT BRITAIN156
17Yacine CHALELALGERIA606
18Tuur DENSBELGIUM505

Next weekend we have a double-header on Friday and Saturday at the Lee Valley Park in London and we’ll be there.

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