In London, forty of the world's top cyclists took part in the Good Friday International Cycling Championships (13 April).
In London, forty of the world's top cyclists took part in the Good Friday International Cycling Championships (13 April). The event is regarded as an important curtain-raiser to the World Cycling Championships in August.
SYNOPSIS: One of the top races in the programme is the one thousand metres sprint. The winner becomes the Champion of Champions. And this year's race was especially gruelling for the winning rider. Facing a tough tactical battle waged by the two French qualifiers, Alex Pont???t and Yave Cahard, the Dutch rider, Lauw Veldt managed to break through the opposition into the lead.
Veldt, a twenty-five year old Amsterdam star proved a popular Champion of Champions. He had earlier shown his form by eliminating the third French rider in the semi-final.
But it was the last sprint of the day....the ten thousand metres...that gave the United Kingdom's riders a chance to prove their worth.
In the opening laps the riders stayed well bunched, but already the two United Kingdom professionals, Ian Hallam, number 16, and Nick Bennett, number 13, were showing themselves to be the pair to beat. Bennett had earlier taken line-honours in the 9-Up Omnium, finishing ahead of Hallam. And the eyes of the crowd were on the pair as they had a personal duel as well as a battle with the other cyclists.
But by the last few laps there was no sign of the Continental riders ....with compatriots Hallam, Bennett as well as Paul Fennell, set to claim a triple tory. Here's the bell lap....
Ian Hallam claim claimed a proud victory in this sprint...reversing the results of the earlier race by just defeating Nick Bennett.