UCI TCL – What if Harrie Lavreysen had discovered a significant rival within the individual of Matthew Richardson?

Harrie Lavreysen right here, Harrie Lavreysen there. Within the caste of racing vehicles, there was nearly just for him for a number of seasons. Jeffrey Hoogland, his compatriot and eldest, resists him someway because the ace of the kilometer, however the 25-year-old Dutch colossus is the undisputed grasp of the observe dash. The first stage of the 2022 UCI Observe Champions League didn’t sweep away this statement, nevertheless it did verify the emergence of a possible rival for Lavreysen: Matthew Richardson.

The 23-year-old Australian didn’t land in Mallorca with out a reference. In October, throughout the Worlds of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, he had contributed to the victory of his nation towards the “Oranje” in workforce velocity – a small occasion – and had reached the ultimate in solo. He then got here throughout “guess who”. On the launch of the second season of the UCI TCL final Saturday, his presence towards Lavreysen for the final spherical of velocity was due to this fact by no means a shock. However this time he gained.

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Oh my god, we’ve to look at this man!

Richardson provided himself the scalp of an invincible-looking man. Quadruple world champion in title of the specialty, holder of the Olympic crown and winner of the 4 velocity tournaments of the Champions League final 12 months, Lavreysen went from predator to prey and he was crunched. Properly wedged within the wheel of his large opponent, the challenger, stockier however simply as muscular, managed to take the lead on the exit of the ultimate bend. A hit celebrated with an offended fist: it guarantees.

This dash gained by Matthew Richardson was spectacularenthused Kristina Vogel. I spoke with Chris Hoy earlier than the race and he was betting on Richardson“The younger wolf amazed our duo of consultants, oh so nicely versed when it comes to velocity within the velodrome (eleven world titles… every, amongst different distinctions). “The way in which he took the lead with unbelievable velocity in his spherical of keirin…we had been like, ‘Oh my god, we’ve to look at this man!’“, continues Vogel.

Fireplace within the legs and Richardson affords Lavreysen

Champion response anticipated

Sir Chris Hoy is delighted with this rising emulation: “A couple of years in the past there was Jeffrey Hoogland… however Harrie Lavreysen has risen to a complete new stage. Nobody manages to take care of their stage of excellence with such consistency. We wish a rivalry“It’s concerning the curiosity of the competitions but additionally concerning the progress of Lavreysen, who continues to be removed from being on the finish of his profession:”It is good that somebody can push it. I hope it will make it go even sooner.”

The king isn’t but dethroned. Not solely would a victory for Richardson within the last UCI TCL classification solely partially reshuffle the playing cards, however Lavreysen will put on the chief’s jersey nicely on Saturday in Berlin, for the second spherical. Winner in keirin and 2nd in velocity, he has 37 factors. His dolphin completed third and 1st, for a complete of 35 models. Nonetheless, it’s the Dutchman that we sense within the pores and skin of revenge. Hoy cannot wait to see her”reply” and waits for it scathingly: “The mark of a real champion“.

The primary dash actually killed me!

Lavreysen, in the meantime, felt that his loss partly got here from the Champions League format. The present is condensed. The trouble is violent. “I felt fairly goodhe had reacted scorching on Saturday. The keirin was enjoyable, I used to be very proud of my victory, nevertheless it was tough. The collection and the ultimate adopted one another tremendous rapidly. Then the primary dash actually killed me!” Therefore his satisfaction at not having carried out so badly within the second spherical in Spain: “I used to be pleased to make the ultimate and I nonetheless got here shut sufficient (success).”

Nonetheless, the style of defeat, which he is aware of so little, shouldn’t be equivalent to to fulfill Harrie Lavreysen. As Chris Hoy urged, we are able to consider him as somebody who has a name to order. For his half, Matthew Richardson has begun to implement his preliminary promise: “I will dig deep inside myself, deeper than I’ve ever carried out.’ That is what it takes to start out writing Lavreysen right here, Richardson there. It is already a small victory. However let’s guess that he will not be glad both.

Harrie Lavreysen gained the keirin, throughout the 1st stage of the UCI TCL 2022

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