Mallorca (Spain) - friday 11 november 2022 –The second season of the UCI Track Champions League gets under way in Mallorca tomorrow saturday 12 november. 72 of the world's best track cyclists, with no-less than 28 Olympic medals and 60 UCI Track World Championships titles between them, will go head to head at the Velòdrom Illes Balears. Riders to watch.
Katie Archibald (Great Britain) - This four-time UCI World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medallist won five of the eight Women’s Endurance races last season, ensuring she finished the 2021 series on the top step of the podium, and she’ll definitely be one of the riders to beat this time around.
Lea Friedrich (Germany) - With good friend and compatriot Emma Hinze missing the series through fatigue, Friedrich will be looking to step into the breach and challenge for top honors in the Women’s Sprint category. She won two races last season, helping her to second place in the standings, and confidence will be high after she won two Tissot UCI Track World Championships titles in Paris last month, including a rainbow jersey in the Keirin event which also features in the UCI Track Champions League.
Jeffrey Hoogland (Netherlands) - Hoogland is one of the greatest riders of his generation, having won seven UCI Track World Championships titles and an Olympic gold medal, and he’ll be looking to make amends after being forced to abandon the Men’s Sprint competition after just two rounds last season on account of COVID.
Dame Laura Kenny (Great Britain) - One of 39 riders to be making their UCI Track Champions League debuts, Kenny will be looking to add the Women’s Endurance title to her glittering list of achievements which includes seven UCI Track World Championships wins and five Olympic gold medals.
Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands) - The defending Men’s Sprint champion looks as dominant as ever heading into Round 1. He claimed two Tissot UCI Track World Championships wins in Paris last month, taking his tally of senior rainbow jerseys to 11 and will be keen to start the 2022 series as he means to go on.
Sebastian Mora (Spain) - Mora might feel he has a point to prove in Mallorca after failing to win on home turf in 2021. The 34 year old made up for it with back-to-back victories in Lithuania, and will be looking to go one better than the second place overall he secured in the Men’s Endurance competition last season.
Defending Men's Sprint champion Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands) said: "I’m really looking forward to the first round of the UCI Track Champions League. Last year Palma, with its full crowd, was great and I hope it'll be full again this time around. I've had a good rest and am feeling prepared after the Tissot UCI Track World Championships, and I believe I am ready for the races."
Defending Men's Endurance champion Gavin Hoover (USA) said: "I'm so excited to start season two of the UCI Track Champions League. Last year was so much fun and this year feels like it will be another step up. This is the main event for me now and you can feel that everyone competing this year really loves to race on the track. It's always nice to come to Mallorca and I can't wait to get started."
Defending Women's Endurance champion Katie Archibald (Great Britain), said: “I’m really excited for the 2022 UCI Track Champions League. The field is as competitive as ever with Jennifer Valente the Olympic Omnium champion from the USA, Rachele Barbieri, the European Omnium champion from Italy and Great Britain’s superstar Dame Laura Kenny, a five-time Olympic champion. The challenge is to see if I can get on par with these incredible riders.”
Sebastian Mora (Spain) said: "I’m really looking forward to the start of the new season and expectations here in Mallorca are definitely high. A lot of people from the island, and from the Spanish mainland, have been encouraged to come to the Velòdrom Illes Balears to experience this great event.
"The level has risen this year, both in terms of the riders competing, and the way the series is organized. It’s going to be amazing and I am very excited to be a part of it.
In terms of the race format, the Scratch and Elimination are two very different races and we will have to see how they go. I want to really encourage people to come and watch and I'm sure it will be a great day.”
Sir Chris Hoy, UCI Track Champions League Ambassador said: "Season two looks even stronger than last year. Even off the back of an Olympic year, riders are willing to get involved, and that speaks volumes. I think it’s going to be really exciting to see how the newer riders adapt to the competition format. It’s a different style of racing, very short and sharp, and there’s no easing in. You’ve really got to be on your ‘A-game’ in every single round.
"The UCI Track Champions League also feels like an established series that’s been going on for years already, but it’s only the second year. This season there’s numerous UCI World Champions and numerous gold medalists in the line-up, it’s gone to another level and it’s going to be fierce."
The televised race schedule is as follows:
18:55 CET: Live broadcast starts
Sprint / Women / First Round
Keirin / Men / First Round
Scratch / Men
Sprint / Women / Semi Finals
Keirin / Men / Final
Scratch / Women
Sprint / Women / Final
Sprint / Men / First Round
Elimination / Men
Keirin / Women / First Round
Sprint / Men / Semi-Finals
Elimination / Women
Keirin / Women / Final
Sprint / Men / Final
22:20 CET: Live broadcast ends
WHERE TO WATCH
Every round of the UCI Track Champions league is broadcast live on discovery+*, GCN+ (globally), the Eurosport App, as well as on Eurosport 1. Saturday’s coverage starts from 18:30 CET with a 30-minute preview show. Live coverage is then broadcast between 19:00-22:00 CET and is followed by a 30-minute post-race show featuring highlights and expert analysis.
The action will also be broadcast across the globe on the following 13 channels:
Claro (LATAM), ERT (Greece), Speed Channel (Japan), RAI (Italy), RTBF (Belgium), RTL7 (Netherlands), RTVE / Teledeporte (Spain), SBS (Australia), SRG (Switzerland), SuperSport (Africa Sub-Sahara), Zhibo.tv (China), Match TV (Russia), Señal Colombia (Colombia).
Highlights will also be broadcast on Quest (UK), Kanal 9 (Sweden), 6’eren (Denmark), Max (Norway) and Kutonen (Finland).