UCI Track Champions League 2021: “Intensity” will “bring out the best” in riders – Jeffrey Hoogland


Jeffrey Hoogland says that the UCI Track Champions League differs from “traditional” track cycling because of its intensity.

Multiple world champion Hoogland spoke to Eurosport ahead of the first weekend of action in the Premier Track Champions League, which kicks off on November 6 in Mallorca.

Each round – there are five of them – consists of a short format, high adrenaline rushes with 72 athletes, 36 men and 36 women, competing for an equal price, and Hoogland says the intensity of the competitions will bring out the best. runners.

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“The short time between races and the intensity of the evening program make it very interesting. It should bring out the best in us,” began Hoogland, Olympic gold medalist, four-time UCI and eight-time world champion. European champion, adding that he expects the new form of racing to attract new fans of the sport.

“I am really looking forward to this new form of racing. I hope the fans like it. I expect it to be something really fun for the fans to watch. My main goal is to have it. good races and therefore create a spectacle for the fans, ”he adds.

And her compatriot Harrie Lavreysen – multiple Olympic, world and European champion – adds that the new formats will be a great spectacle.

“What’s really cool about this event is the short races,” added Lavreysen.

Normally we run for five days. Now fans can see it all in one night. The sprint and the keirin. They see everything in two and a half hours.

“I hope it’s cooler for the fans in particular to watch and engage them more,” he adds.

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“Winning even harder”

The truncated race time for each event led to an adjustment of the sprint element. The usual two-rider setup will be changed to include a third rider, and Lavreysen says that will impact tactics.

“Sprinting with three riders is really something different than what we’re used to. Overall I’m with Jeffrey (Hoogland) in the sprint final. I expect that,” began the 24-year-old.

It’s going to be a little different in the Champions League now. Sprinting every week with three riders on the track is not easy. Winning just got harder.

However, Hoogland still believes that the stronger riders will win regardless of the tactic.

“The tactics are definitely influenced a bit, but I expect the stronger runner to win. So that’s good,” he said. “I would like to wear this leader’s jersey every lap.”

World gold medalist in individual, team and keirin, Lavreysen enters the event as a favorite but which discipline does he prefer?

“I like to ride all three parts. In the team sprint you are really working together, as a team, towards an event. If I had to choose, I would go for the individual sprint – you have to study every detail and technique aspect. , so I choose the sprint. “

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The UCI Track Champions League is coming and you can watch all the action live on the Eurosport app, eurosport.co.uk and discovery +. Experience the ‘breathtaking’ new era of track cycling, with the first event on November 6 in Mallorca.

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