The 100km Madison Race in Ballerup Super Arena, December 28th, was a tuff battle until the very last round, where team no. 7 with Michael Mørkøv and Lasse Norman Hansen secured the victory in the last sprint in front of team no. 2 with Julius Johansen and Casper Folsach – both teams riding the Argon 18 Electron Pro.
A Battle of Titans
The scene was set for terrific track cycling in Ballerup before the start. The New Years 100km Madison race had atrracted some of the best riders of the sport. Among the international titans such as Jasper Stuvyen, Mads Pedersen, Iljo Keisse and Niki Terpstra.
And of course the Danish favourites, team no. 7 with Michael Mørkøv and Lasse Norman Hansen and team no. 2 with Julius Johansen and Casper Folsach.
Pre Race Atmosphere
The atmosphere in the inner circle of Ballerup Super Arena was before the race intense and nervous.
The riders warmed up at he rollers while mechanics and soigneurs made the equipment ready for 100km at the track.
Argon 18 Dominance
In the beginning of the race, three teams marked themselves as the very best of them all: team no. 7 with Lasse Norman Hansen and Michael Mørkøv, team no. 2 with Casper Folsach and Julius Johansen and team no. 9 with Iljo Keisse and Marc Hester.
These three teams were clearly superior to the others, and repeatedly showed high class and ruled the race from start to finish. Meaning that riders such as Nike Terpstra, Mads Pedersen and Jasper Stuyven was referred to the secondary rankings.
Team no. 2 and and 7 is a major part of the Danish National Track Team who are dominating the World Cup this season, riding the Argon 18 Electron Pro.
Last Sprint Decided the Podium
The three teams (2, 7 and 9) quickly lapped the other teams, and it became clear, that the three spots should be distributed among these three power teams.
But who would take the win?
The race was close, and the teams was only separated by a few points with 10 laps to go. So the race had to be settled in the very last sprint…
Julius Johasen and Casper Fosach showed their class and outsprinted the others, but Mørkøv and Norman was experienced and clever enough to secure second place and by that a 2 point margin and the overall victory!
New 100km Record
The victory sets a new record for a 100km Madison Race in Ballerup Super Arena.
The race was finished in 1 hour 52 minutes and 32 seconds which is the same as an average speed of 53.3175 kmh.