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Olympic champion Elinor Barker clinches Six Day Series crown

Olympic champion Barker clinches Six Day Series crown
By Sportsbeat

18/03/2017 at 21:40

Elinor Barker saved her best performance of the season until last as flawless consistency saw her crowned women's omnium champion at the Six Day final in Mallorca.

Three top-four finishes in three races paved the way to gold for Barker, despite not topping the podium until the time where it meant the most in Palma.

But that mattered very little for the Six Day Berlin champion, adding a Spanish trophy to her ever-growing collection on an action-packed evening, with three different winners coming from the women's races.

Six Day London champion Katie Archibald finished second, while Amalie Dideriksen – winner in Berlin – rounded off a hotly-contested top three.

"It was awesome, I'm really happy," said Barker. "The World Championships aren't far away so I'm really happy I had some good form and was able to race tactically well.

"It's a massive confidence boost heading forward, heading into the World Championships with a load of races having won at Six Day.

"Katie's form over winter has been unbelievable so I'm very happy to have beaten her, we're teammates in some races but she's a very classy rider and it's some achievement to have beaten her.

"And if you're getting a lap with a current world road race champion (Amalie) in the points race, then it's a pinch me kind of moment – it all worked out perfectly for me!"

Mallorca also introduced new Six Day winners for its final, with Tatjana Paller taking 10km scratch glory, as the evening could hardly have started on a more dramatic note with the entire field of riders was bunched together with just ten laps remaining.

It seemed that any surge could be the difference, proving to be the case Paller made her bid for the line with just a few laps remaining, comfortably doing enough to take opening glory.

But, with the euphoria of her victory on hand for all to show, the German struggled to realise just quite what she had achieved in Mallorca.

"It's a very amazing feeling, I never dreamed I would ever win the scratch race so I am very happy to have won," she said.

Barker was to take second place in that race, though it was compatriot Archibald who was next to shine as Great Britain dominated the elimination race.

With Neah Evans alongside, three of the top four were British alongside Dideriksen, with Archibald left with a cruise to the line as she and Evans battled it out for top spot.

But it was in a dramatic 10km points race where the night was really won. After a tense start, Dideriksen and Evans broke free to claim a vital lap on the field, propelling them to a lead from where they would not be caught.

And while it was the Dane who took honours in this particular race with 25 points, Barker's disappointment wasn't to last too long, taking the Six Day Series Final crown with a stunning all-round evening on the boards.

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