Latham and Ten­nant miss out on London Six-day podium

Dutch pair leapfrog three teams on fi­nal day to take over­all vic­tory

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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

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