Five Dutch sprinters squeezed in a van: Life behind the glamour of the Track Champions League

Now in its second year, the competition takes riders back to their early racing days

The four Track Champions League classification leaders on the podium in Mallorca
Mark Stewart, Jennifer Valente, Shanne Braspenninckx and Harrie Lavreysen in Mallorca.
(Image credit: Simon Wilkinson/SWPix)

On Thursday, Dutch duo Harrie Lavreysen and Shanne Braspennincx dialled into a UCI Track Champions League press conference from a lay-by. 

The two sprint league leaders sat shoulder-to-shoulder, cheerily answering questions from the world's media. Out of shot, Olympic gold medalist Jeffrey Hoogland waited patiently behind the steering wheel. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.