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Track - Open des Nations Night 1 (Updated)
 
By Fabio
Date: 11/16/2002
Track - Open des Nations Night 1 (Updated)
 
As fully predictable, French teams immediatly moved to the top spots after the first night of competition in the Bordeaux velodrome. The France Bleu (Blue) squad, featuring accomplished Sprinters Florian Rousseau and Arnaud Tournant, as well as six-day specialists Jérôme Neuville and Franck Perque, is leading from their main rivals of the "Red" Team (France Rouge). Australia is sitting in seventh place only. All members of the Blue team but Perque were part of the French quartet that dominated last year's edition too. Below are a few details concerning the seven races held on Friday night and their respective winners.

- Individual Sprint: Laurent Gané (France "Red"), outsprinted Jens Fiedler (Germany) in the final match to take the competition. In an all-french match for third place Arnoud Tournant (France "Blue"), clearly defeated by Fielder in the semi-final, edged out young Matthieu Mandard (who had surprisingly thrown out of the race the 2002 World Champion, Australia's Sean Eadie, in the quarterfinals).

- Flying Lap: Another good results for the France Espoirs squad, with Hervé Gané taking the competition by covering 1 lap (250 meters) in 12"800, one of the best times ever set on the Bordeaux track, only less than 17 hundreths of second worse than the record set by Arnaud Tournant last year.

- Points Race: Austria's Franz Stocher won the 40- lap , 10-km competition in Friday night's session.

- Sprinters Elimination: The race also called "Elimination a La Danoise" (1 rider eliminated every 2 laps/500 meters) couldn't have any other winner than a Danish contender: Alex Rasmussen.

- Sixdaymen Elimination: Great win for Jérôme Neuville, who lead his France Rouge (Red) to the top of the Overall Ranking, previously ahead of Germany.

- 40-km. Madison: The 160-lap competition was won on Friday night by Austrians Roland Garber and Franz Stocher, the two sixdaymen of the Austro-Latvian mixed team (paired with Latvia's Kikisis and Berzins). The winners surprisingly edged out World Champions Perque and Neuville (France Bleue), with Switzerland's Franco Marvulli and Alexander Aeschbach taking third.

- Keirin: And last but not least, the Keirin contest, held over 2 kilometres, with Mickaël Bourgain (France "Red") dominating the field in the last two laps.

Full Overall Standings after Night One :

1. France "Blue" - 126 points

2. France "Red" - 108 points

3. Germany - 94 points

4. Austria-Latvia Mixed Team - 83 points

5. France Espoirs - 82 points

6. Australia - 78 points

7. Holland - 75 points

8. Switzerland - 75 points

9. Slovakia - 69 points

10. Czech Republic - 66 points

11. Great Britain - 60 points

12. Spain - 57 points

13. Ukraine - 54 points

14. Denmark - 49 points

15. Germany Espoirs - 44 points

16. Canada - 24 points

As for Jean Nuttli's hour record attempt the Swiss, who abandoned On Friday after 21 minutes and 17 seconds of racing, will be trying again on Saturday afternoon, starting one more time at 15h00 Central European Time.


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12th OPEN DES NATIONS / 2nd KEIRIN OPEN (France):
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SIX DAYS OF MUNICH (Germany):
* Race Preview
* Night 1 - Results & GC
* Night 2 - Results & GC
* Night 3 - Results & GC
* Night 4 - Results & GC
* Night 5 - Results & GC
* Night 6 - Final Results

SIX DAYS OF DORTMUND (Germany):
* Night 1 - Results & GC
* Night 2 - Results & GC
* Night 3 - Results & GC
* Day 4 - Results & GC
* Night 5 - Results & GC
* Night 6 - Final Results

SIX DAYS OF GRENOBLE (France):
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* Night 2 - Results & GC
* Night 3 - Results & GC
* Day 4 - Results & GC
* Night 5 - Results & GC
* Night 6 - Final Results

SIX DAYS OF AMSTERDAM (Holland):
* Six days; history relived (Final Standings)

MEMORIAL NOEL FORE' (Belgium - November 11, 2002):
* Elite Race - Full Results

Track Cycling - 2002/2003 Season Calendar (Updated)

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