All eyes will be on the Velodrome Nationwide in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines for the third round of the UCI Track Champions League this weekend.
With two thrilling rounds already in the bag, the track on the outskirts of Paris will hope to host another as the world’s most effective cyclists descend on France.
Heading into the meeting, Martha Bayona of Colombia prospects the women’s Sprint League following round two in Berlin, although Jennifer Valente of the Usa tops the women’s Endurance League.
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Dutchman Harrie Lavreysen heads the men’s Dash League as he appears to protect the title he won in 2021, when Canada’s Mathias Guillemette moved to the top rated of the Men’s Stamina standings very last weekend.
As they descend on the French venue, the main riders have offered their thoughts forward of a different remarkably-expected weekend of motion.
‘I hope to get the dash this time’ – Lavreysen
“I’m truly hunting ahead to racing at the Velodrome Nationwide de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines on Saturday. My to start with elite race took position there at the 2016 UEC European Observe Championships, and I also won two gold medals there at this year’s Tissot UCI Track Globe Championships, so I have several happy reminiscences.
“I was really content with the racing in Berlin past Saturday, and I’m wanting forward to Spherical 3. I hope to acquire the dash this time simply because Matthew Richardson has beaten me in the past two rounds, and it’s constantly good to contend in opposition to him.”
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‘I hope this stunning tale will continue’ – Bayona
“Although I well prepared very well for this year’s UCI Track Champions League, I never ever expected to be foremost the Sprint League following Spherical 2. When anyone arrived in excess of and explained to me I was primary, it was a actually content instant for me.
“I will try out my greatest to maintain the leader’s blue jersey right up until the end, and I hope this beautiful tale will proceed with more good information as we head into Round 3 at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.”
‘A little bit of strain sporting the blue jersey’ – Guillemette
“The UCI Monitor Champions League sequence has been good so considerably. The racing is entertaining, there are additional spectators than I’m used to, and I adore it.
“Going into Round 3, I’ll truly feel a little bit of pressure carrying the blue jersey, so we’ll see how it goes. For both equally the elimination and scratch races, I’ll trip the very same as I constantly do, and just consider to protect my direct heading into London.”
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‘A lot of chances to acquire and lose points’ – Valente
“I’m definitely heading to adhere to the strategy in Spherical 3, keeping it steady throughout both of those the scratch and elimination races. I’m going to experience every event as if it’s an specific race and do the very best I can.
“Overall, we’re acquiring fun and racing nicely, and Spherical 3 will be good. Katie Archibald is on the lookout tremendous powerful but I’m nevertheless viewing all the other riders as well. There’s a good deal of alternatives to get and reduce details, so you cannot genuinely be observing just one particular human being.”
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