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Archibald wins women's Endurance title at Track Champions League

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Picture by Alex BroadwaySWpixcom 04122021 Cycling UCI Track Champions League Round 4 London Lee Valley VeloPark London England A general view of the Womens Elimination Race

Womens Elimination Race at the UCI Track Champions League round 4 in London (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 - The Netherland's Kirsten Wild & Great Briatin's Katie Archibald go head to head in the women's Elimination race.

Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) and Katie Archibald (Great Britain) face off in the Elimination Race (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 - Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands, Gulnaz Khatuntseva of Russia and Annette Edmondson of Australia

A retiring Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) and Annette Edmondson (Australia) with Gulnaz Khatuntseva (Russia) in the middle after the UCI Track Champions League, round 4 in London (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 - Great Britain's Katie Archibald with the UCI Track Champions League Women's Enduirance trophy.

Katie Archibald holding the UCI Track Champions League trophy aloft (Image credit: SWpix.com)

Katie Archibald (Great Britain) won the Women’s Endurance title at the inaugural UCI Track Champions League in front of the home crowd on Saturday. The final two of four rounds were held at Lee Valley VeloPark in London. Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) finished 45 points off the sizeable lead of the Briton to take second place overall, while Annette Edmondson (Australia) finished three points ahead of Maggie Coles-Lyster (Canada) to grab third place.

In the Women’s Scratch race, Archibald attacked with 14 laps to go. Her move caused chaos in the group behind and multiple gaps opened between riders. The main bunch caught her four laps later, giving Spain’s Eukene Larrarte a chance to go with three other riders including Yumi Kajihara of Japan. A half lap lead soon developed before Kajihara attacked from the break. Kajihara continued solo to the finish line as a frantic bunch sprint began behind. Archibald charged ahead to finish second, followed by Coles-Lyster in third and Edmondson in fourth.

Archibald secured her overall victory in the Elimination race, with tension in the race surrounding the final podium spots. Coles-Lyster and Edmondson were eliminated once the race came down to the final six riders. The Briton then won the one-on-one battle versus Wild for the final victory of the track season, and for Wild the second-place finish was the final for her career. 

“This title means a big deal, more than that – just how professional it has been, just how much support we’ve had, and the amount of amazing feedback I’ve had. I would have really loved to go to Israel next week. But selfishly, it feels pretty good to do it here in the UK,” said Archibald, who claimed the overall title in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. The fifth round that was scheduled for Israel next weekend was cancelled.

Women's Endurance Standings - final
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katie Archibald (Great Britain) 145
2Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) 100
3Annette Edmondson (Australia) 97
4Maggie Coles-Lyster (Canada) 94
5Yumi Kajihara (Japan) 81
6Anita Yvonne Stenberg (Norway) 75
7Olivija Baleisyte (Lithuania) 74
8Maria Martins (Portugal) 68
9Silvia Zanardi (Italy) 61
10Emily Kay (Ireland) 52
11Hanna Tserakh (Belarus) 40
12Tania Calvo (Spain) 35
13Michelle Andres (Switzerland) 31
14Eukene Larrarte (Spain) 23
15Karolina Karasiewicz (Poland) 21
16Kendall Ryan (United States Of America) 19
17Gulnaz Khatuntseva (Russian Federation) 18
18Alzbeta Bacikova (Slovakia) 14
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