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Hoover passes Mora to take men's Endurance title at Track Champions League

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Picture by Will Palmer/SWpix.com - 04/12/2021 - Cycling - UCI Track Champions League Round 4 - London / Lee Valley VeloPark, London, England - The USA's Gavin Hoover celebrates winning the UCI Track Champions League men's Endurance trophy.

Gavin Hoover (USA) celebrates winning the UCI Track Champions League men's Endurance trophy (Image credit: SWpix.com)
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Picture by Alex Broadway/SWpix.com - 04/12/2021 - Cycling - UCI Track Champions League Round 4 - London / Lee Valley VeloPark, London, England - Gavin Hoover of The USA rides during the Men’s Scratch Race.

Gavin Hoover (USA) second in line during the men's scratch race at the UCI Track Champions League round 4 in London (Image credit: SWpix.com)
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Picture by Will Palmer/SWpix.com - 04/12/2021 - Cycling - UCI Track Champions League Round 4 - London / Lee Valley VeloPark, London, England - A general view (GV) of the men's Elimination race.

The men's elimination race at the UCI Track Champions League round 4 London (Image credit: SWpix.com)
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Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 04/12/2021 - Cycling - UCI Track Champions League Round 4 - London / Lee Valley VeloPark, London, England - The inaugural UCI Track Champions League winners - Great Britain's Katie Archibald (Women's Endurance Champion), .the Netherlands's Harrie Lavreysen (Men's Sprint Champion) , Germany's Emma Hinze (Women's Sprint champion), & the USA's Gavin Hoover (Men's Endurance Champion).

The winners after the final round of the UCI Track Champions League, Great Britain's Katie Archibald (Women's Endurance Champion), Dutch rider Harrie Lavreysen (Men's Sprint Champion) , Germany's Emma Hinze (Women's Sprint champion) and the USA's Gavin Hoover (Men's Endurance Champion) (Image credit: SWpix.com)

American Gavin Hoover emerged as the Men’s Endurance overall winner after the fourth and final round of the inaugural UCI Track Champions League in London on Saturday. He finished fourth in the Elimination race and sixth in the Scratch race to move to the top of the leaderboard with a tally of 107 points.

Sebastian Mora (Spain), who had entered the final round as the leader, finished second with 102 points, and Corbin Strong (New Zealand) was another nine points back for third. Mora saw his lead extinguished when he was relegated to 14th place in the Scratch race, disqualified by the commissaires for dangerous riding after two riders crashed behind. 

“I don’t quite believe it. I was just so excited to be here and get the invitation after the World Championships and I thought, no matter what happens, it’s a success. To win, it’s just incredible and at a new series which I hope is the future of track,” Hoover said. 

“I definitely didn’t expect it. I thought I could be competitive but I looked at the start list on the day and thought everyone could win so it definitely wasn’t expected.”

Round one of the league began in In Mallorca with Strong taking two wins and taking the early lead. Round two in Lithuania saw Mora take the lead, and hold a slim margin over Hoover after round three, the first of back-to-back nights in London. 

Men's Endurance Standings - final
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gavin Hoover (United States Of America) 107
2Sebastian Mora (Spain) 102
3Corbin Strong (New Zealand) 93
5Iuri Leitao (Portugal) 84
4Aaron Gate (New Zealand) 84
6Kelland O'Brien (Australia) 74
7Rhys Britton (Great Britain) 74
8Roy Eefting (Netherlands) 71
9Michele Scartezzini (Italy) 62
10Alan Banaszek (Poland) 56
11Claudio Imhof (Switzerland) 51
12Kazushige Kuboki (Japan) 50
13Erik Martorell Haga (Spain) 37
14Jules Hesters (Belgium) 17
15Ed Clancy (Great Britain) 16
16Rotem Tene (Israel) 13
17Yacine Chalel (Algeria) 13
18Tuur Dens (Belgium) 5
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