December 3, 2021
London (Reuters) – The UCI Track Champions League will be doubleheaded in London this weekend after the final round scheduled for December 11 in Israel was canceled due to a new omnicron coronavirus variant. It culminates.
The Paris leg will also be canceled for the second time in the new tournament after being scrapped for COVID-19 related reasons.
There will be two sold-out rounds in London, one on Friday and then the finale on Saturday.
Israel has imposed strict restrictions on domestic migration in response to concerns about new varieties.
“I’m sorry I had to remove Tel Aviv from this year’s calendar,” François Ribeiro, head of the Discovery Sport event affiliated with UCI in the Champions League, said in a statement.
“We were ready to celebrate the winners of the four series at Sylvan Adams National Velodrome, but the pandemic events taught us the importance of adapting when needed.”
The Track Champions League features 72 of the best male and female riders competing in sprint and endurance competitions. Points and prizes will be accumulated from each race and the overall winner of each of the four categories will earn € 25,000 ($ 28,200).
Prior to London, Olympic champion Harry Labresen leads the men’s sprint table after winning rounds in Mallorca and Lithuania, while Germany’s Emma Hinze leads the women’s sprint. British double Olympic champion Katie Archibald leads the women’s endurance division with Spain’s Sebastian Mora at the top of the men’s endurance table.
Despite the cancellation, British track cycling great Chris Hoy said the new condensed fan-friendly format for television has been a huge success. “It’s starting incredibly well and I think it will continue to gain momentum as the round progresses,” Hoi said.
“The race is fierce and riders seem to enjoy this new non-stop condensed action format.”
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(Report by Martyn Herman, edited by Mark Heinrich)
Cycling-London is preparing for the finale after the Israeli round of the Track Champions League has been cancelled.
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