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Archibald extends endurance lead in UCI Track Champions League

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Katie Archibald wins women's Scratch race at round 2 of UCI Track Champions League

Katie Archibald wins women's Scratch race at round 2 of UCI Track Champions League (Image credit: SWPix)
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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 - Great Britain's Katie Archibald during the women's Elimination race.

Great Britain's Katie Archibald looks over at Maggie Coles-Lyster of Canada during the women's Elimination race (Image credit: SWPix)
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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 - A general view (GV) of the women's Scratch race final at the UCI Track Champions League in Lithuania.

The women's Scratch race final at the UCI Track Champions League in Lithuania (Image credit: SWPix)
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Cido Arena in Panevėžys, Lithuania

Racing at the UCI Track Champions League in Lithuania for round two (Image credit: SWPix)

The UCI Track Champions League resumed for round 2 at the Cido Arena in Panevėžys, Lithuania. 

Great Britain's Katie Archibald continued to lead the overall standings in the women's endurance category. She won both the the women's Scratch and Keirin on Saturday to extend her lead.

The remaining three rounds take place in London on December 3-4 and in Tel Aviv on December 11.

Scratch

Like the men's event, the women's Scratch Race also offered the 18-rider field 20 laps. Katie Archibald (Great Britian) wore the special kit as the overal leader of the women's endurance category. After a falsh start, the women lined up again with nine riders on either side of the track along the railing and the blue band.

Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) led the field through the first lap but by five laps in Archibald attacked to go solo. Wild went on the chase to close down the gap and did so with 11 laps to go. Karolina Karasiewicz (Poland) was the next to attack and four more bridged across, but with four laps to go, it was all back together. Archibald then led the field through the bell lap and held on for the victory, as Maggie Coles-Lyster (Canada) finished second and Yumi Kajihara (Japan) in third.

“It was quite scary at the end because there were so many attacks going in. It feels good to extend my lead, yes, a bit less pressure for the high pressure one – the elimination,” Archibald said.

Elimination

The women's Elimination Race saw 18 riders competing for the honours whereby one rider was eliminated from the race on every other lap and the last two riders left on the track sprinted for the victory.

Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) was, unluckily, the first to be eliminated after unclipping from her pedal on the first bell sprint. Silvia Zinardi (Italy) attacked with three laps to go but was caught and was the last rider eliminated. 

Archibald further added to her overall standings in the women's endurance after taking the win in a long-range sprint ahead of Anita Yvonne Stenberg (Norway).

Women's Endurance Standings
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katie Archibald (United Kingdom) 73
2Maggie Coles-Lyster (Canada) 60
3Anita Yvonne Stenberg (Norway) 50
4Annette Edmondson (Australia) 47
5Olivija Baleisyte (Lithuania) 44
6Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) 35
7Silvia Zanardi (Italy) 32
8Yumi Kajihara (Japan) 28
9Maria Martins (Portugal) 26
10Emily Kay (Ireland) 22
11Hanna Tserakh (Belarus) 22
12Tania Calvo (Spain) 18
13Kendall Ryan (United States of America) 18
14Michelle Andres (Switzerland) 15
15Karolina Karasiewicz (Poland) 11
16Eukene Larrarte (Spain) 10
17Alžbeta Bačíková (Slovakia) 7
18Gulnaz Khatuntseva (Russia) 6
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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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