Latham and Tennant miss out on London Six-day podium
Dutch pair leapfrog three teams on final day to take overall victory
The British pairing of Chris Latham and Andy Tennant failed to build on a strong placing going into the final day of the London Six Day, dropping from first to fourth after risking everything on the final Madison race to maintain their one-lap lead.
Tennant and Latham took a one-lap lead with 50 minutes to go as the race exploded, but the Brit pair’s four main rivals worked together to take the lap back, while Tennant and Latham were isolated in the chase. Sitting fourth with just 14 laps to go, they tried one last-gasp bid to take a winning lap, attacking on the wheel of Adam Blythe, but they were unable to get more than half a lap advantage and were brought back in the final 250 metres.
Having started fourth at the beginning of the day, Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga won the final chase to take the win overall, ahead of Leigh Howard and Kelland O’brien, with Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt third.
Despite the leading British duo being unable to hold on to victory, the home crowd were able to celebrate earlier in the day, as Adam Blythe and Jon Dibben secured victory in the 60-lap derny race.
A somewhat depleted field had lined up at the Lee Valley Velodrome as the event clashed with the World Cup track races in France and Canada. The Six also lost some of its star appeal with the withdrawal of Mark Cavendish, although the Manxman did make a welcome one-off appearance with Sir Bradley Wiggins.
Emily Nelson also just missed out on the podium, finishing in fifth place overall in the three-day women’s race. The Australian duo of Georgia Baker and Ashlee Ankudinoff took the top steps on the podium with Kirsten Wild rounding out the top three.
This won’t be the last taste of six-day action on British shores as a ‘six-day style’ event is scheduled for three days in Manchester next spring, on March 22-24.
The Olympic velodrome hosted six days of action-packed racing