Matthew Richardson spectacularly pipped Harrie Lavreysen on the line to win the men’s sprint competition on the final night of the 2022 UCI Track Champions League in London that saw four different classification winners.
Just a day after moving to the top of the standings for the first time in the five-round event, Australian Richardson looked to have missed his opportunity to seal overall victory when the Dutchman Lavreysen edged him out in the sprint race.
That meant the world champion Lavreysen had a slender lead of just one point going into the final Keirin race, and he was well-placed to secure the overall title until the final few metres when Richardson appeared right on the line to snatch victory by two points.
"I knew it was going to be close between Harrie and I coming into the end, but it couldn’t have come any closer than that," Richardson said afterwards.
It was just as nervy in the finale of the men’s endurance competition, with Switzerland’s Claudio Imhof and Spain’s Sebastián Mora tied at the summit of the standings on the same number of points.
Neither proved victorious in the scratch race that was won by Britain’s Mark Stewart – his second such win of the campaign – but Imhof was awarded the overall title after finishing two places ahead of Mora in the elimination race, won by Ollie Wood of Britain. It had looked like Imhof would take the win, only for Wood to gain on the Swiss inside the final half-a-lap and […]
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