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Lavreysen dominates sprint races on round 2 of UCI Track Champions League

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Picture by Will Palmer/SWpix.com - 27/11/2021 - Cycling - UCI Track Champions League Round 2 - Lithuania / Cido Arena, Panevėžys, Lithuania - The Netherland's Harrie Levreysen celebrates winning the men's Keirin final.

Harrie Levreysen celebrates winning the men's Keirin final (Image credit: SWPix)
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Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 27/11/2021 - Cycling - UCI Track Champions League Round 2 - Lithuania / Cido Arena, Panevėžys, Lithuania - The Netherland's Harrie Lavreysen celebrates victory in the men's sprint final over Trinidad & Tobago's Nicholas Paul.

The Netherland's Harrie Lavreysen celebrates victory in the men's sprint final over Trinidad & Tobago's Nicholas Paul (Image credit: SWPix)
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Nicholas Paul recognises Harrie Lavreysen as winner in men's Sprint final

Nicholas Paul recognises Harrie Lavreysen as winner in men's Sprint final (Image credit: SWPix)

Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands) increased his lead in the men's sprint standings with a pair of wins on Saturday at the Cido Arena in Panevėžys, Lithuania for round 2 of the UCI Track Cycling League.

"It feels good to have extended my lead in the sprint series. There is not a lot of pressure riding in the blue kit, but it’s nice to win in it, of course,” the world and Olympic sprint champion said about retaining his overall lead in the series.

Competition continues December 3-4 in London for back-to-back rounds and then culminates with a fifth and final round in Tel Aviv on December 11.

Sprint

The Men's Sprint kicked off with six heats of three riders each where the winners moved onto the Semi-Finals of two heats of three riders each. The winners of these heats faced each other in the finals between Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands) and Nicholas Paul (Trinidad and Tobago).

The final between Paul and Lavreysen closed out the event. Lavreysen took the lead and then slowed, foring he and Paul into a track stand. Paul jumped and gained a gap, and though it looked like he might take the win, Lavreysen just passed him at the line.

"I think Nicholas Paul had a great ride, he surprised me. I felt like I could just get him at the end so I was really happy to still win. For sure the other riders can challenge me. A lot of them can. But for now, I’m on top and it feels good, very good,” Lavreysen said.

Keirin

The men's Keirin opened with the First Round of three heats of six riders whereby the top two of each heat moved onto the final round that featured the top six riders: Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands), who was leading the overall standings in the men's sprint category, Ryan Helal (France), Stefan Botticher (Germany), Vasilijus Lendel (Lithuania), Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands) and Denis Dmitriev (Russia).

Hoogland tucked in behind the derny and looked back at his comptetitors once the motor pulled off the front. Although the Dutchman lost a place or two, he managed to make up some ground but only enough to finish second place behind his compatriot and winner Lavreyssen, while Botticher finished third.

Men's Sprint Standings
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Harrie Lavreysen (United Kingdon) 77
2Stefan Bötticher (Germany) 59
3Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands) 47
4Nicholas Paul (Trinidad and Tobago) 41
5Mikhail Yakovlev (Russia) 34
6Vasilijus Lendel (Lithuania) 32
7Kevin Santiago Quintero Chavarro (Colombia) 31
8Denis Dmitriev (Russia) 30
9Rayan Helal (France) 28
10Mateusz Rudyk (Poland) 24
11Hugo Barrette (Canada) 20
12Jai Angsuthasawit (Thailand) 19
13Tom Derache (France) 18
14Jair Tjon En Fa (Suriname) 17
15Kento Yamasaki (Japan) 15
16Jordan Castle (New Zealand) 15
17Jean Spies (South Africa) 9
18Maximilian Levy (Germany) 8
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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in bike racing from the grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all cycling disciplines, edits news and writes features. Currently the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten coordinates global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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