Olympic champions Mitchell and Lavreysen headline UCI Track Champions League qualifiers
Olympic gold medalists Kelsey Mitchell (Canada) and Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands) have been named among the 12 pre-qualified riders for the new UCI Track Champions League.
The five-round series will start on November 6 in Mallorca, round 2 will take place in Lithuania on November 27, two rounds will take place in London on December 3-4, and the final tournament will take place in Israel on December 11.
Organizers have named the six men and six women who will compete in the sprint events, with Mitchell leading the women’s field. She will face 2020 world champion Emma Hinze (Germany), Olympic silver medalist Olena Starikova (Ukraine), Mathilde Gros (France), Simona Krupeckaitė (Lithuania) and Olympic champion Keirin Shanne Braspennincx (Netherlands).
“I’m so excited to be pre-qualified for the UCI Track Champions League and can’t wait to experience the thrill of racing against the best in the world, week after week,” said Mitchell.
“Fast-paced and action-packed, this league will be an incredible experience not only for the runners, but also for the fans!
Lavreysen will face his compatriot Jeffrey Hoogland, Nicholas Paul (Trinidad and Tobago), Vasilijus Lendel (Lithuania), Maximilian Levy (Germany) and Denis Dmitriev (Russia).
“I am delighted to have been pre-qualified for the UCI Track Champions League,” said Lavreysen. “I think the racing format will allow us to connect with existing fans and hopefully help introduce new people to the sport. This will be my main focus right after the World Championships, and j can’t wait to get started. “
There will be 12 more pre-qualified riders announced for the Sprint and Endurance events and 48 more participants who will qualify for the league, all to be announced after the UCI Track Cycling World Championships this month.