(Reuters) – Britain’s Katie Archibald and Dutchman Harrie Lavreysen tightened their grip on the UCI Track Champions League in the second round in Lithuania on Saturday.
Archibald, Madison’s gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics, won the scratch and elimination races to finish first in the women’s endurance standings ahead of next weekend’s double in London.
Olympic champion Lavreysen proved unbeatable in the sprint and keirin races to dominate the men’s sprint standings.
The sprint final proved to be a classic as Lavreysen knocked down Nicholas Paul who had widened the gap with a daring first move midway through the three-lap race.
“I felt like I could just have it at the end so I was really happy to win again,” said the Dutch driver.
“Of course other runners can challenge me. Many of them can. But for now, I’m on top and it feels good, very good.
Lavreysen passes to 77 points, 18 ahead of Stefan Botticher.
In the women’s sprints, Emma Hinze won the individual sprint and finished second behind her German compatriot Lea Friedrich in the keirin.
Hinze leads Friedrich by 18 points in the standings.
Spaniard Sebastian Mora rose to the top of the men’s endurance table with wins in the scratch and elimination races.
The Champions League is a new format of fast track cycling aimed at enhancing the attractiveness of disciplines and providing a platform for the best velodrome riders in the world.
There are 36 male and 36 female riders in the Champions League, split between endurance and sprint, with equal prizes offered to individual winners and overall champions in different disciplines.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ken Ferris)