The Six Day Series Finale certainly lived up to the hype, with spectators at Mallorca's Palma Arena treated to a fantastic evening of track cycling. Belgium's Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw took home the inaugural series title after a stunning Madison win, narrowly edging out home favourites Albert Torres and Sebastian Mora Vedri into second place.
It was a deserving victory for de Ketele and de Pauw, who showed their class throughout the 2016-17 series. Having won the events in London and Amsterdam, the Belgians came into Friday's final as the top-ranked team. However, they were pushed all the way by the wildcard Spanish duo of Torres and Vedri, who very nearly sent the local fans home happy.
The Dutch pairing of Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga - who took the win in Berlin earlier in the season - were also impressive on the night, securing third place on the podium. Britain's Andy Tennant and Chris Latham finished a creditable fourth, just one lap down on the eventual winners.
There was greater success for the GB riders in the women's Omnium, where Elinor Barker delivered a flawless display to add another title to her rapidly-expanding collection. The Olympic Team Pursuit champion was the model of consistency across the three events, ensuring she held off the challenge of Katie Archibald and the world road race champion Amalie Dideriksen.
All the signs are positive for Barker and Archibald, who have showed excellent form on the boards throughout the winter. The Brits will be chasing further glory at the World Track Cycling Championships, which take place in Hong Kong in April.
The UCI will hope to see the same level of enthusiasm for its flagship event as the Six Day Series has generated throughout the winter. A packed velodrome in Palma again highlighted the popularity of this race format, which continues to win converts. The first staging of the series has been a tremendous success, with the four qualifying events and finale delivering dramatic, high-quality competition. There were many highlights across the winter, with Sir Bradley Wiggins' UK swansong at the Lee Valley VeloPark certainly among them.
The now-retired Wiggo won't be back in the saddle for Six Day London this year, but one man who will is his long-time Madison partner Mark Cavendish. The Tour de France legend has already confirmed his attendance at UK cycling's biggest track event, although it remains to be seen who he will line up alongside. The Manx Missile always draws the crowds, and his appearance in London (October 24th to 29th) is another treat for cycling fans to look forward to.
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