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The scores on the doors

After two rounds of racing, the league is starting to take shape...
Women’s endurance:
Katie Archibald 73 points
Maggie Coles-Lyster 60
Anita Yvonne Stenberg 50
Men’s endurance:
Sebastian Mora 59 points
Corbin Strong 57
Gavin Hoover 53
Women’s sprint:
Emma Hinze 74 points
Lea Friedrich 56
Kelsey Mitchell 50
Men’s sprint:
Harrie Lavreysen 77 points
Stefan Bötticher 59
Jeffrey Hoogland 47

Quotes of the night

Katie Archibald: "It definitely doesn't feel easy. I had some really nice breathing space in Mallorca, I didn't win all the races but I felt really comfortable in my body. We went into that elimination race and physically, it just felt like "go!"
Harrie Lavreysen, speaking after the Keirin: "It was a good final. I thought with two left that I can go to the front and do an easy build and a really fast last lap. I think it worked out perfectly.”
Emma Hinze: "It was hard racing tonight, the same as in Mallorca. I'm exhausted. The crowd is great - it's a great place to ride. It feels good to extend my lead in the category and I'm proud to win this one again."
Sebastian Mora: “It feels very good to race in this event. It feels very different. I like the race, I like the UCI Track League, and I think it's very important for track cycling."
Lea Friedrich: "It's amazing to get my first win, it's an amazing competition and a new feeling for me. I love the feeling here, I love the show and I am really proud."

And… that’s shallot

It’s been another non-stop night of racing, one that has produced a few surprises but also shown us who the riders are to beat on all sides of the competition. To the most consistent, the spoils, or it certainly seems that way after two rounds of racing.
We are, however, still only two rounds in, so no-one, no matter how strong their showing so far, has it sewn up, but it’s looking like it’ll take an earthquake to topple Harrie Lavreysen and Katie Archibald from their respective perches. The other classifications are more open, especially the men’s endurance. With two rounds in London next weekend, it could all look very different this time next Saturday. I can’t wait, that’s for sure!

Men’s sprint final - Harrie Lavreysen wins!

No matter how strong a favourite someone is, there are no actual foregone conclusions in sport. Nicholas Paul is on the same track as Harrie Lavreysen, which means he has a chance. He’s the world record holder for the flying 200m, after all.
The heads-up begins very cagily. Paul pushes Lavreysen to the top of the track and goes early. He almost, almost pulls it off as well, forcing the World Champion to give it everything he has. Lavreysen snatches it just before the line, but well played Nicholas Paul.

Women’s Keirin final - Lea Friedrich wins!

Lea Friedrich
Kelsey Mitchell
Laurine Van Riessen
Emma Hinze
Riyu Ohta
Martha Bayona Pineda
Friedrich beds in behind the derny’s wheel and the race is ON. Hinze wastes no time in taking to the front, ahead of her friend, the World Champion Friedrich. Mitchell makes a big move on the outside, but it’s not big enough. The woman in rainbows wins it, with Hinze taking second place to bring home a German one-two. Hinze won't mind losing that one too much.

Women’s elimination - Katie Archibald wins!

The big question here is whether Katie Archibald can, like Sebastian Mora, make it two from two? She’s increasingly looking like an unstoppable force in this competition.
First to go is… Kirsten Wild! She may have gotten unlucky there, because she seemed to experience some sort of mechanical, but that’s it for the finalist last time. The next rider out is the woman from Belarus, before Yumi Kajahara is another surprise early departure.
Eukene Larrate of Spain is just beaten to the line by Katie Archibald, who makes her way straight back to the front where she belongs. The bottom of the track is very much the worst place to be, and it’s where Bacikova gets caught out. Emily Kay of Ireland follows in the same way.
Next to go is Maria Martins of Portugal, who does her best to hang on, but looks very tired. Michelle Andres looks out before she’s out. She’s very out. We’re down to half the field.
Tania Calvo’s end takes us down to 7 riders, just losing out to the American, Kendall Ryan. Archibald is looking very strong still. Local rider Baleisyte can hang on no longer, but we’re now at the point where we’re talking about how well these riders have gone. Ryan can push her luck no longer, with Annette Edmondson the next rider out. Four left, and it’s getting cagey.
It’s between Archibald and Coles-Lyster for the next elimination. Archibald traps the Canadian at the bottom and eases past her. Zanardi blows up and we’re at heads-up: Stenberg vs Archibald. No prizes for guessing who wins that one. It’s an emphatic victory for Katie Archibald. She’s not going to be out of that leader’s skinsuit any time soon.

Two events left. Time for the women's Keirin final.

Men’s sprint semi-final

Semi-final 1:
Denis Dmitriev
Kevin Santiago Quintero Chavarro
Harrie Lavreysen
Can Lavreysen do it again? It’s hard to see anyone beating him, but maybe he beats himself? The Dutch champ leads into the final lap and never looks like letting anyone past. Never in doubt.
Semi-final 2:
Stefan Botticher
Mikhail Iakovlev
Nicholas Paul
This one’s a bit harder to call, but it should be Botticher, shouldn't it? Paul starts by the fence, Iakovlev next to him, with Botticher on the inside. The German rider eases his way round, watching Paul over his shoulder, staying at the bottom of the track. Paul decides the time to go is now, and he launches a massive move that neither of the other two can do anything about. There’s a reason he’s the world record holder over 200 metres.
Through to the final:
Harrie Lavreysen
Nicholas Paul
Just three races left. Next it's the women's endurance racers, and the elimination.

Women’s Keirin - Round 1

The organisers website seems to be having a bit of trouble, so I’m not able to provide the running orders for each of these, but you can be assured that all eighteen riders are present, correct and sitting behind the fella on the little bike, just as they’re supposed to be.
Heat 1
Emma Hinze
Shanne Braspennincx
Mathilde Gros
Riyu Ohta
Anastasiia Voinova
Sophie Capewell
We say goodbye to the derny and Sophie Capewell takes it on. Hinze allows a little gap to develop, but not for long. The first time she’s been beaten tonight, but she still goes through behind Ohta.
Heat 2
Kelsey Mitchell
Miriam Vece
Yana Tyschchenko
Simoma Krupeckaite
Yuli Verdugo
Laurine Van Riessen
Canada’s Kelsey Mitchell might benefit from being knocked out early in the sprint, as she will have had a little longer than some of the others to recover. All local eyes will be on Krupeckaite, though. She starts 4th in line.
With two laps to go it’s Mitchell and Van Riessen. Mitchell looks very strong and she cruises through to the final.
Heat 3
Lea Friedrich
Martha Bayona Pineda
Lauriane Genest
Olena Starikova
Mina Sato
Daria Shmeleva
Just two spots left in the final, and six big names fighting it out for them. It should probably be Friedrich and Genest but the latter has had one race more than the rest, so might be feeling the exertion. Friedrich the World Champion is in the lead as the derny peels away, riding defensively. Starikova comes from behind, forcing Friedrich to ride, but it’s the Colombian who qualifies alongside the German.
Through to the final:
Van Riessen

Men’s elimination race - Sebastian Mora wins!

Devil time. Can Corbin strong do it again? What about Rhys Britton, who told me the other day that anything less than a top three would be a disappointment.
All eighteen endurance riders start on the track and no-one wants to be first off it, but someone has to be. And it’s Ed Clancy who’s heading back to the centre circle. Unlucky Ed. It was just a bit too fast a start for him.
Second out is the Algerian, Yacine Chalel, who got boxed in there, but he seems to miss the shout to come off, so they’re forced to neutralise the race for an extra lap to jog him on.
The next event is a puncture for Erik Haga, the Spaniard, which means another few laps of neutralisation. I’m grateful for the chance to catch my breath, I don’t know about the riders. Wheel fixed, Haga joins back in, but it doesn’t last long as the commissaires decide to eliminate him for taking too long to get his wheel fixed. Rude.
The next riders out are Banacek of Poland, Imhof of Switzerland and Tene of Israel. Rhys Britton is eliminated! Caught napping, that was not how he wanted it to go, but he’s clearly fatigued.
I missed the next one, but not Leitao’s departure, which is a surprise elimination early on. Then it’s Jules Hester of Belgium, ahead of Corbin Strong, our competition leader, and we’re down to five.
It’s too much for Gavin Hoover, who finishes in fifth, while the Italian, Scartezzini is next. On the bubble Kelland O’Brien calls it a day way before the line and we’re down to Sebastian Mora and Aaron Gate… Two from two for Sebastian Mora! Apparently that’s how the men’s endurance cookie crumbles. Mora was doing well before tonight, in 6th, but now he's top of the entire tree, by two points from Corbin Strong.
Up next is the women's Keirin.

Men’s sprint - Round 1

For some reason they’re presenting these in the normal numerical order, which is to say, counting up.
Heat 1
Harrie Lavreysen
Mateusz Rudyk
Jai Angsuthasawit
How do you beat a beast like Harrie Lavreysen? Well, frankly, you don’t. The Polish rider, Rudyk did his very best, going very early, but all he served to do was poke the bear. When Lavreysen woke up he really woke up, generating furious power in that final lap/
Heat 2
Stefan Botticher
Kento Yamasaki
Jordan Castle
Botticher to win this comfortably, you reckon? So do I. But how much will his earlier racing have taken out of him. Jordan Castle is just happy to be here and has nothing to lose. Botticher drops down to the blue line at the bell, pushes on, and is able to ease up at the line.
Heat 3
Jeffrey Hoogland
Hugo Barrette
Denis Dmitriev
Are we about to witness another dynamic Dutch display, this time from the Prince of Orange? Nope.
Barrette goes long, while Hoogland looks happy to go late, until it’s clear that he just doesn’t have the legs. Dmitriev enjoys the effort of the Canadian, however, coming past him shortly before the line.
Heat 4
Nicholas Paul
Tom Derache
Max Levy
“I’m going for Nico Paul” says Carlton. OMG I literally just had the same thought. We have a telepathy thing going on, me and Carlton. Paul is the fastest rider in the world over 200 metres, but Max Levy pushes him all the way. It’s only on the line that Paul can go past him, but past him he goes.
Heat 5
Mikhail Iakovlev
Vasilijus Lendel
Jean Spies
Group of death this one? Spies is the only representative from Africa in the competition so it would be nice to see him progress. Iakovlev is the favourite, but what can the local boy do this time? Iakovlev doesn’t hang about, leads out, Lendel tags his wheel and comes round… It’s very very close on the line but Iakolev just takes it by a tyre’s width.
Heat 6
Kevin Santiago Quintero Chavarro
Rayan Helal
Jair Tjon En Fa
Colombia vs France vs Suriname. Spicy little start as Helal feigns a flick in Tjon En Fa’s direction. Quinterro pushes the Surinamese rider to the rail who responds to the challenge, but can’t quite hang on.
Through to the semi-finals:
Next up is my favourite race, the elimination. Starting with the men.

Women’s sprint final - Emma Hinze wins!

Lauriane Genest knows she has to take it to the World Champion, and leader in this competition. She’s a very strong sprinter, taking the bronze in the Keirin at the Olympics, but Hinze has looked almost unbeatable so far. Certainly tonight.
Genest is bold, letting Hinze lead it out, before leaping on her wheel. It all means she’s giving herself to do, having to go the long way round, however. Brave move, but not to be.

Next up is the first heat of the men's sprint.

Women’s scratch - Katie Archibald wins!

I’m pretty sure this one won’t go the way it did in Mallorca, when Maggie Coles-Lyster got the jump on Katie Archibald and Kirsten Wild, but who knows? W estart, falsely, as one of the riders experiences a mechanical, and they’re obliged to get back into formation again.
With 16 laps left on the clock, Katie Archibald makes a massive early move in the minty green skinsuit. She quickly establishes a gap of a quarter of a lap or so, forcing the other riders to decide among themselves who’s going to chase. Kirsten Wild is the one obliged to shut Archibald down.
Halfway through the race and the bunch is as one, riding a good hard tempo, but with no-one spending too long on the front before swinging up. Lots of powder being kept dry, here. The door opens for the Swiss rider Michelle Andres who needs no invitation.
It’s splitting up a bit with 5 laps left but I reckon it’ll be another big bunch finale. It’s about positioning now, as they’re spread across the width of the track. Archibald is well placed at the bell... She hits the front bang on time and comes through to take a very good win. Maggie Coles-Lyter second, Yumi Kajihara in third.

Men’s Keirin Final - Harrie Lavreysen Wins!

Jeffrey Hoogland
Harrie Lavreysen
Stefan Botticher
Rayan Helal
Denis Dmitriev
Vasilijus Lendel
Lendel decides he’s going to take it to Lavreysen and makes a big big move early on. But as big a roar as he inspires from the crowd he can’t make it stick. The big man wins with ease, with his team-mate in second, and the German in third place.

Women's sprint semi-final

Semi-final 1:
Mathilde Gros
Emma Hinze
Olena Starikova

They really don’t give them long to recover, do they? But who’s going to have suffered the most from their opening effort? Gros leads into the final lap, but Hinze stays on her shoulder and eases her way over the line. Not saying she was definitely saving herself for the final, but the German did enough to go through there, and no more.
Semi-final 2:
Lauriane Genest
Simoma Krupeckaite
Yuli Verdugo
This one is the surprise semi. How much will that first round have taken out of Krupeckaite, Can she take more fuel from the crowd? It doesn’t look like it. She’s well out of it, as Verdugo and Genest fight it out between themselves. The Canadian with the inside line holds off Verdugo to go through to the final against Emma Hinze.

Men’s scratch - Sebastian Mora wins!

In the first endurance race of the evening, there’s no action for the first few laps. It seems they’re all watching Corbin strong, in his snazzy leader’s skinsuit, who’s doing a very good marshalling job.
Ten laps left and there’s been no committed moves yet, so no-one’s going to take a lap in this one. It’ll be a big sprint finish unless someone can spring a surprise…
With 1km to go, the riders jostle for final position but it’s Sebastian Mora of Spain who pushes his way through to the front. Rhys Britton rockets himself forward, right in time for the bell and it’s between him and Mora. Mora takes it. Another second place for Rhys Britton. He’ll be a bit disappointed with that, but he really shouldn’t be.
Corbin Strong can do no better than 8th. We have ourselves a competition, I reckon. Next up is the women's sprint semi-finals.

Men’s Keirin: Round 1

Heat 1: Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands)
Kevin Santiago Quintero Chavarro (Colombia)
Rayan Helal (France)
Mateusz Rudyk (Poland)
Jair Tjon En Fa (Suriname)
Jai Anguthasawit (Thailand)
Harrie Lavreysen is a very very firm favourite here, with the Colombian, 6th in the standings, the most likely to take the second qualifying spot. Helal goes first, right before the bell, but it’s not enough. Lavreysen eases his way through the middle of the pack for the win. Although Quinteo Chavvarro looked boxed in with a lap to go, he squeezes into 2nd place. Unfortunately he gets relegated for causing a crash.
Through: Lavreysen and Helal
Heat 2: Stefan Botticher (Germany)
Mikhail Iakovlev (Russia)
Vasilijus Lendel (Lithuania)
Kento Yamasaki (Japan)
Jean Spies (South Africa)
Jordan Castle (New Zealand)
Some local interest in this one as well, but Botticher in second overall, should be the rider the rest have to beat. Iakolev is fifth in the standings but he did win this event last time. Botticher leads it out, with Lendel on his wheel as they’re all strung out… the Lithuanian does enough to go through behind Botticher.
Through: Botticher and Lendel
Heat 3: Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands)
Nicholas Paul (Trinidad and Tobago)
Tom Derache (France)
Hugo Barrette (Canada)
Max Levy (Germany)
Denis Dmitriev (Russia)
Hoogland, third in the standings, ought to win this, but Nicholas Paul is not far behind him, so a tough one to call. Hoogland has the wheel of the derny, and as it peels off Max Levy goes round the side. Dmitriev is going for a flyer but no-one can match the supreme power of Jeffrey Hoogland. That one got a bit physical, but luckily no-one went to ground.
Through: Hoogland and Dmitriev
I’ve just had a thought. Why aren’t these listed in reverse order, huh? Up next the men's scratch race. Can Corbin Strong do it again. Not if Rhys Britton has something to say about it.

Women's sprint - Round 1

Starting (confusingly) with Heat 6, which is Shanne Braspenninck (Netherlands), Mathilde Gros (France), Anastasiia Voinova (Russia).
Three strong, pretty evenly matched riders to start us off with. Braspenninck leads out, looking over her shoulder, before Gros goes over the top of her. On the back straight it’s neck and neck between the Dutch rider and the Frenchwoman, but it’s Gros on the inside who pulls ahead, takes the win and goes through to the semis.
Heat 5: Miriam Vece (Italy), Yana Tyschenko (Russia), Yuli Verdugo (Mexico)
Vece a pretty firm favourite in the second heat, but can either of the others catch her out? They can. As the race winds up Vece lets the other two take her wheel, and at the bell the Mexican charges round to go through. Vece well out of it! Didn’t see that one coming.
Heat 4: Martha Bayona Pineda (Colombia), Lauriane Genest (Canada), Mina Sato (Japan)
Jo Rowsell picks Genest to win this one, while Carlton Kirby fancies the Colombian. Only one of them can go through… Genest riding with a cool head, watching Sato, giving Bayona the chance to go long. Too long, as it turns out, and Genest sails past to win the heat convincingly.
Heat 3: Lea Freidrich (Germany), Olena Starikova (Ukraine), Laurine Van Riessen (Netherlands)
3rd plays 10th plays 17th in the standings. Friedrich, the Keirin World Champion, should romp home here, you’d think. Van Riessen pushes the German, with the pair locking the Ukrainian out, forcing her to go very very high up the track. Brilliant win for Starikova! pushing an insane 900 watts to do it
Heat 2: Kelsey Mitchell (Canada), Simoma Krupeckaite (Lithuania), Daria Shmeleva (Russia)
Olympics champion against home favourite here. Can the roar of the crowd help the Lithuanian rider through? She catches the Canadian on the back wheel, goes very very long, and never looks like being beaten. Bravo Krupeckaite.
Heat 1: Emma Hinze (Germany), Riyu Ohta (Japan), Sophie Capewell (Great Britain)
In the last heat we have the league leader. Surely we won’t see another upset? Jason Kenny said he expects Sophie Capewell to get better and make more finals as the competition goes on. She could definitely do with a result here… But it’s not to be. The heat starts off slowly. Ohta heads up the track, swinging down again, but she can’t beat the World Champion. The most straightforward of the races we’ve seen so far.
Very enjoyable start, that. No rest for the wicked, though. It's the Keirin next.

What can we expect from tonight?

Unlike in Mallorca, which was something of a leap into the unknown, we have some idea of what and who to look out for. We know who’s got a target on their "minty jumper" (Copyright Carlton Kirby) sporting backs (Corbin Strong, Harrie Lavreysen, Katie Archibald, Emma Hinze) and who’s got some ground to make up (Sophie Capewell, Gulnaz Khatuntseva, Jai Angsuthasawit, Claudio Imhof). How will the standings affect the racing, the riders’ tactics? How will this unfamiliar track (which few of these riders have ever competed on before) play into proceedings? We’re moments away from finding out. It's going to be hectic, so grab yourself a brew, or a beer, and settle in for an evening of thrilling bike racing.

Tonight’s running order...

Is much the same as last time… Lithuania is two hours ahead of GMT, so take off two from the below for the UK times.

Sveiki atvykę į Lietuvą!

Welcome to coverage of the second round of the UCI Track Champions League, coming to you live from the Cido Arena in Panevėžys, Lithuania. Tonight’s racing will take place in front of a capacity crowd of 4230 (and with the many members of the media, organising crew, and barstaff, plus the various helpers who rub the riders’ legs after each event, you can probably round that up to a cool 5000.)
The racing is due to get underway in just under half an hour, with the first of six heats in the women’s sprint competition.

Here are the standings in all four competitions

Men’s endurance:
  • Corbin Strong - 40 points
  • Iuri Leitao - 28 points
  • Gavin Hoover - 27 points
Women’s endurance:
  • Katie Archibald - 33 points
  • Maggie Coles-Lyster - 30 points
  • Olivija Baleisyte - 28 points
Men’s sprint:
  • Harrie Lavreysen - 37 points
  • Stefan Botticher - 33 points
  • Jeffrey Hoogland - 30 points
Women’s sprint:
  • Emma Hinze - 37 points
  • Kelsey Mitchell - 35 points
  • Lea Friedrich - 30 points


GB’s Archibald leads endurance standings after impressing in opener

Great Britain’s Katie Archibald leads the women’s endurance standings after an impressive opening round in Mallorca, with Corbin Strong (New Zealand) heading the men’s competition.
Archibald claimed victory in the elimination race after finishing fourth in the scratch race to leave with 33 points. Maggie Coles-Lyster (Canada) is next on 30 points.
Meanwhile, Strong won both events to take the maximum 40 points and install himself as the early favourite. He leads Iuri Leitao (Portugal) by a whopping 12 points.
Read the full endurance report here.

‘Super fun’ – Archibald after fine opening night in Mallorca

Lavreysen and Hinze star on opening night in sprint leagues

Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands) and Emma Hinze (Germany) lead the UCI Track Champions League sprint standings after an electric opening night in Mallorca.
Both riders won the sprint and finished runner-up in the keirin to earn 37 points. Stefan Botticher (Germany) is second in the men’s standings on 33 points, with Kelsey Mitchell (Canada) trailing Hinze in the women's competition on 35 points.
Read the full sprint report here.

UCI Track Champions League: Lavreysen sprint win compared with Hoy in 2008




Scratch race

  • This bunch-start race will be contested over a relatively short distance of 5km (20 laps of the 250m track)

Elimination race

  • The last rider across the finish line every second lap will be eliminated
  • The first lap is a neutral lap with all 18 riders taking part from the off



  • The first rider to cross the finish line after three laps wins
  • The first round features six heats of three riders going head-to-head, with the six winners progressing to the semi-finals
  • Two semi-finals of three riders then determine the final competitors, who will duke it out for the win in a two-rider final


  • A mass start sprint over five laps, with the first two behind a Derny motorcycle setting the pace
  • Six riders will contest three heats, with the top two in each qualifying for the final


The 2021 series takes place over five rounds across four countries, with each meeting condensed into a fast-paced two-hour programme.
  • Round 1: Mallorca, Spain – Saturday 6 November - Relive electric opening night here
  • Round 2: Panevezys, Lithuania – Saturday 27 November
  • Round 3: London, UK – Friday 3 December
  • Round 4: London, UK – Saturday 4 December
  • Round 5: Tel Aviv, Israel – Saturday 11 December
The UCI Track Champions League returns for round two on November 27 and you can watch all of the action live on the Eurosport app, and discovery+. Find out more about the "mind-blowing" new era for track cycling.
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