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Track Cycling: Six Days of Bremen - Preview
 
By Fabio
Date: 1/8/2003
Track Cycling: Six Days of Bremen - Preview
 

After the "December break", interrupted by some lesser events and the bad news coming from Denmark, where on the this past Friday morning part of the roof of Ballerup Arena, which hosted the Track World Championships a few months ago, collapsed (curiously something similar happened to another "cycling arena", Milan's Pallazzetto dello Sport, in January 1985) such that the contest set to run from January 31-February 05 has been deleted, the "track cycling" circus" resumes on Thursday, the ninth day of January, with the 39th edition of the Six Days of Bremen.

It's the first of three similar events to be disputed in Germany during this month (the following two will take place in Stuggart and Berlin respectively), and also a race that last year took a total of some 130,000 spectators to the local "Stadthalle" in the six days of competition.

With German pop music personality Dieter Bohlen of the "Modern Talking" band firing the starting gun on Thursday at 21 hours (CET), 24 different riders (12 pairs) from nine different countries will compete in the 166-mt. track of Bremen's Stadthalle to find out who the successors of Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart in the race palmares will be.

Although a reiteration of last year's victory for the "Alpenexpress" is far from being a remote possibility, as the two Swiss stars showed this past November in Gent, where they set the new record for 6-day wins by claiming their 30th victory in such events, that they still are in great form, Risi and Betschart will certainly face stiff competition from more than one challenger, to start from their main rivals, Australia's Scott McGrory and Australian-born belgian Matt Gilmore, winners of the previous 6-day race held in Germany (Munich) during the current season, as well as the 2001 edition of the Bremen contest, and runner-ups by a narrow margin last year.

But also other teams already tasting the joy of victory in the ongoing season, such as crowd favourite Andreas Kappes (Bremen-born) and Andreas Beikirch (the "two Andreas" won in Dortmund in early November), and Italy's Villa and Martinello (taking the title in Amsterdam in October, although recidive Villa repeated victory later in Grenoble, when paired to Adriano Baffi), are set to take the start in the German city, and become serious GC contenders. Italy's Martinello, who will be 40-year-old within a dozen days, should be for the last time on the Bremen track, but will the man actually ever stop racing 6-day events ? So far he has taken part in 93 six-days and won 28 of them.

As for the english-speaking contingent, it will consist of the above mentioned Mc Grory and Gilmore, plus American Marty Nothstein, the fast, 31-year-old track specialist who took ninth last year (when paired to Lars Teutenberg), but this time has got a brand new partner, namely Austria's Franz Stocher (so far never a 6-day winner), and South African Jean Pierre Van Zyl, paired to Italy's Adriano Baffi, a man older than him by 13 years and racing in Bremen for the last time (just like compatriot Martinello) !!!

The complete startlist is as follows:

1. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (SWI)

2. Scott Mc Grory (AUS) - Matthew Gilmore (BEL)

3. Silvio Martinello - Marco Villa (ITA)

4. Andreas Kappes - Andreas Beikirch (GER)

5. Robert Slippens - Danny Stam (HOL)

6. Jimmy Madsen - Michael Sandstödt (DEN)

7. Adriano Baffi (ITA) - Jean Pierre van Zyl (RSA)

8. Marty Nothstein (USA) - Franz Stocher (AUT)

9. Gerd Dörich - Jens Lehmann (GER)

10. Lars Teutenberg - Frank Kowatschitsch (GER)

11. Guido Fulst - Andreas Müller (GER)

12. Erik Weißpfennig - Stefan Steinweg (GER)

Young Guns too will race in Bremen's Stadthalle, as there's a special competition, the "ARAG-Cup", reserved for U-23 riders, and featuring the participation of twelve different two-man teams.

Below are numbers and results: a bit of history of the Bremen competition.



Six Days of Bremen - 2001 Edition: Final Overall Standings

1. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 451 Points;

2. Scott McGrory - Matthew Gilmore (Aus - Bel) - 438 Points;

3. Silvio Martinello - Marco Villa (Ita) - 386 Points;

4. Andreas Kappes - Andreas Beikirch (Ger) - 347 Points.;

5. Adriano Baffi - Gerd Dörich (Ita - Ger) - 7 Laps / 230 pts.;

6. Jimmy Madsen - Michael Sandstodt (Den) - 7 Laps / 167 pts.;

7. Etienne de Wilde - Juan Llaneras (Bel - Spa) - 8 Laps / 170 pts.;

8. Stefan Steinweg - Erik Weißpfennig (Ger) - 14 Laps / 150 pts.;

9. Lars Teutenberg - Marty Nothstein (Ger - Usa) - 22 Laps / 352 pts.;

10. Jens Lehmann - Guido Fulst (Ger) - 26 Laps / 106 pts.;

11. Mario Vonhoff - Christian Lademann (Ger) - 29 Laps / 141 pts.



Six Days of Bremen - Full Palmares

* 1965: Rik van Steenbergen - Palle Lykke (Belgium - Denmark)

* 1966: Rudi Altig - Dieter Kemper (Germany)

* 1967: Peter Post - Fritz Pfenninger (Holland -Switzerland)

* 1968: Rudi Altig - Sigi Renz (Germany)

* 1969: Peter Post - Patrick Sercu (Holland - Belgium)

* 1970: Peter Post - Patrick Sercu (Holland - Belgium)

* 1971: Rudi Altig - Albert Fritz (Germany)

* 1972: Wolfgang Schulze - Sigi Renz (Germany)

* 1973: Dieter Kemper - Graeme Gilmore (Germany - Australia)

* 1974: Leo Duyndam - Rene Pijnen (Holland)

* 1975: Patrick Sercu - Rene Pijnen (Belgium - Holland)

* 1976: Günter Haritz - Rene Pijnen (Germany - Holland)

* 1977: Albert Fritz - Wilfried Peffgen (Germany)

* 1978: Albert Fritz - Wilfried Peffgen (Germany)

* 1979: Danny Clark - Rene Pijnen (Australia - Holland)

* 1980: Albert Fritz - Patrick Sercu (Germany - Belgium)

* 1981: Gregor Braun - Rene Pijnen (Germany - Holland)

* 1982: Albert Fritz - Rene Pijnen (Germany)

* 1983: Gregor Braun - Rene Pijnen (Germany)

* 1984: Albert Fritz - Dietrich Thurau (Germany)

* 1985: Garry Wiggins - Tony Doyle (Australia - UK)

* 1986: Didi Thurau - Josef Kristen (Germany)

* 1987: Didi Thurau - Danny Clark (Germany - Australia)

* 1988: Danny Clark - Tony Doyle (Australia - UK)

* 1989: Andreas Kappes - R. Hermann (Germany - Liechtenstein)

* 1990: Danny Clark - Roland Günther (Australia - Germany)

* 1991: Andreas Kappes - Etienne de Wilde (Germany - Belgium)

* 1992: Andreas Kappes - Etienne de Wilde (Germany - Belgium)

* 1993: Urs Freuler - Peter Pieters (Switzerland - Holland)

* 1994: Andreas Kappes - Danny Clark (Germany - Australia)

* 1995: Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Switzerland)

* 1996: Marco Villa - Silvio Martinello (Italy)

* 1997: Andreas Kappes - Carsten Wolf (Germany)

* 1998: Jens Veggerby - Jimmi Madsen (Denmark)

* 1999: Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Switzerland)

* 2000: Andreas Kappes - Silvio Martinello (Germany - Italy)

* 2001: Scott McGrory - Matthew Gilmore (Australia - Belgium)

2002: Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Switzerland)



As usual, besides the pure sporting event bystanders will have the chance to watch the shows of several different artists. As for TV coverage, a special report of the 39th "Bremer Sechstagerennen", showing all the highlights of the race, is scheduled to go on Eurosport on Tuesday, January the 28th, from 18 to 19 hours CET (one hour earlier UK Time). The program will be retransmitted the following day (Wednesday the 29th) at 13-14h CET, and on Friday, January 31st, from 10 to 11 hours AM (Central European Time of course).

Click on the links below for news and results of all main races so far disputed in the current track cycling season.


---- Track Cycling on the "Daily Peloton" - Links ----

66th GROSSER WEIHNACHTSPREIS (Germany - Dec. 26, 2002):
* Race Results & Report

SIX DAYS OF NOUMEA (New Caledonia - Nov. 29 - Dec. 04, 2002):
* Race Preview & Day 1 Results
* Night 2 Results
* Night 3 Results
* Night 4 Results
* Night 5 Results
* Night 6 Results & Final Overall Standings

SIX DAYS OF GENT (Belgium - Nov. 19-24, 2002):
* Race Preview
* Night 1 - Results & GC
* Night 2 - Results & GC
* Night 3 - Results & GC
* Night 4 - Results & GC
* Night 5 - Results & GC
* Night 6 Results & Final Overall Standings

OPEN DES NATIONS / KEIRIN OPEN (France - Nov. 15-17, 2002):
* Race Preview
* Night 1 - Results & GC
* Night 2 - Results & GC
* Night 3 - Final Results

SIX DAYS OF MUNICH (Germany - Nov. 07-12, 2002):
* 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 - October 31 - Nov. 05, 2002):
* 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 - October 31 - Nov. 05, 2002):
* 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 AMSTERDAM (Holland - Oct. 21-26, 2002):
* Six days history relived (Final Standings)

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

Track Cycling - 2002/2003 Season Calendar (Updated)

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