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Track Cycling - Six Days of Stuggart: Preview
 
By Fabio
Date: 1/17/2003
Track Cycling - Six Days of Stuggart: Preview
 

Three nights after the end of the Bremen Six, track specialists return to their saddles for another competition, the "Six Days of Stuggart", to run in the South-German city from January 17-22. It's an ancient event, whose first edition dates back to 1928, and whose palmares features winners from several nations, Australia and small Liechtenstein included. And last year this race made history, as the 285 meter track of the "Schleyer-Halle" was the place where Switzerland's Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart equalled the record of victories in Six-Day events, set by Germans Gustav Kilian and Heinz Vopel some 50 years before. The "Alpen-Express" even bettered this record by taking the "Ghent Six" in Belgium this past month of November.

And now it's time for a new challenge, with the participation of a record number of 36 riders; a total of 18 different pairs from Europe, America and Australia will be racing. A significant increase if compared to limited number of contenders of the Bremen Six. That will make things harder for the "new stars" of the 6-day circus, Holland's Robert Slippens and Danny Stam, at their first "test" after they surprised all main favourites and, against all odds, took the title in Bremen's Stadthalle earlier this week.

The dutch duo, that got a first 6-day win after 27 attempts, will definitely face some though opposition from plenty of rivals, eager to take revenge after the Bremen race. To start from the defending champions, wishing to add a new title to their already impressive palmares. It would be victory number three in Stuggart for Risi and Betschart And to continue with the usual suspects, Matt Gilmore and Scott McGrory, aiming for their first ever win in the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, the"two Andreas" (Germany's Kappes and Beikirch, who narrowly missed victory in Bremen), Italy's Villa and Martinello, Denmark's Madsen and Sandstød and so on.

Another all-Swiss pair, that got many wins in (often "lesser") 6-day events in the past, namely Franco Marvulli and Alexander Aeschbach, is set to take the start on Friday night. Whereas South Africa's Jean Pierre van Zyl won't join the party, American Marty Nothstein will, although once again with a new partner: this time the fast Pennsylvanian is joined by Van Zyl's Bremen team-mate, italian veteran Adriano Baffi, the 40-year-old that can still compete and put in some great performances, and even snatch wins the way he did in New Caledonia, when our man and local idol Jean-Michel Tessier edged out french stars such as Franck Perque and Jérôme Neuville. The past week-end Baffi was involved in a crash on the Bremen track, but the combative guy didn't pull out of competition, and finished eighth overall. As for Franz Stocher, Nothstein's team-mate in Bremen, he rejoins his usual partner and fellow Austrian Roland Garber.

"Local rider" Gerd Dörich (from the nearby town of Sindelfingen) is supposed to get big support from the Stuggart's crowd and, even though the way most speculations concerning the "Bremen Six" outcome proved wrong should warn cycling pundits against making excessively bold statements, he and partner Jens Lehmann could certainly be listed among the main overall contenders, or for a Top 3 place at least, as the man climbed onto the final podium in the last two editions of the race.

Just like in Bremen, besides the big names, whose complete list is available below, also "young guns" will have the chance to show their skills in the Under 23 competition.

As usual, the "Daily Peloton" will deliver you all news and results of the event, but as for TV coverage (for viewers in Europe only), according to German sources a special report on the first night of racing should be aired tomorrow, Saturday January 17th, at 16 hours CET on the SWR (Südwestfunk) channel, also available on the Astra Satellite. And more news and images will be broadcasted by another regional TV station, B.TV (ASTRA Satellit 1 C, analogue Transponder 37, Frequency 11,02325 GHz, Polarization Horizontal).

Six days of Stuggart (20th Höfbräu SechstageRennbahnmagazin): Startlist

1. Gerd Dörich – Jens Lehmann (GER)

2. Silvio Martinello – Marco Villa (ITA)

3. Jimmi Madsen – Michael Sandstød (DEN)

4. Scott McGrory (AUS) – Matthew Gilmore (BEL)

5. Franco Marvulli – Alexander Aeschbach (SWI)

6. Andreas Kappes – Andreas Beikirch (GER)

7. Christian Lademann – Christian Bach (GER)

8. Stefan Steinweg – Erik Weispfennig (GER)

9. Bruno Risi – Kurt Betschart (SWI)

10. Adriano Baffi (ITA) – Marty Nothstein (USA)

11. Danny Stam – Robert Slippens (HOL)

12. Franz Stocher – Roland Garber (AUT)

13. Stan Löffler – Daniel Palicki (GER)

14. Ronny Lauke – Jan Ott (GER)

15. Martin Liska – Jozef Zabka (SVK)

16. Dirt Ronellenfitsch (GER) – Patrick Fäh (SWI)

17. Guido Fulst – Andreas Müller (GER)

18. Lars Teutenberg – Frank Kowatschitsch (GER)



Six Days of Stuggart: Last year's Results:

1. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 303 points

2. Scott McGrory - Matthew Gilmore (Aus - Bel) - 289 points

3. Gerd Dörich - Andreas Beikirch (Ger) - 1 laps / 246 points

4. Jimmi Madsen - Michael Sandstød (Den) - 1 lap / 239 points

5. Adriano Baffi - Marco Villa (Ita) - 2 laps / 212 points

6. Jens Lehmann - Juan Llaneras (Ger - Spa) - 4 laps / 176 points

7. Etienne DeWilde - Lars Teutenberg (Bel - Ger) - 5 laps / 163 points

8. Alexander Aeschbach - Guido Fulst (Swi - Ger) - 8 laps / 173 points

9. Stefan Steinweg - Erik Weisspfennig (Ger) - 13 laps / 146 points

10. Franz Stocher - Christian Weber (Aut - Swi) - 16 laps / 115 points

11. Robert Slippens - Andreas Müller (Hol - Ger) - 18 laps / 158 points

12. Christian Lademann - Frank Kowatschitsch (Ger) - 20 laps / 154 points

13. Frank Corvers - Lorenzo Lapage (Bel) - 20 laps / 68 points

14. Mario Vonhof - Sebastian Siedler (Ger) - 26 laps / 69 points

15. Peter Jörg - Ralf Liehner (Swi - Ger) - 30 laps / 65 points

16. Dirk Ronellenfitsch - Christian Bach (Ger) - 60 laps / 30 points



Winners List - Since 1984

1984. Gerd Frank (DEN) - Gregor Braun (GER)

1985. Josef Kristen - Henry Rinklin (GER)

1986. Gerd Frank (DEN) - Rene Pijnen (HOL)

1987. Roman Hermann (LIE) - Josef Kristen (GER)

1988. Roman Hermann (LIE) - Dietrich Thurau (GER)

1989. Danny Clark (AUS) - Uwe Bolten (GER)

1990. Etienne de Wilde (BEL) - Volker Diehl (GER)

1991. Andreas Kappes (GER) - Etienne de Wilde (BEL)

1992. Danny Clark (AUS) - Pierangelo Bincoletto (ITA)

1993. Andreas Kappes (GER) - Etienne de Wilde (BEL)

1994. Etienne de Wilde (BEL) - Jens Veggerby (DEN)

1995. Danny Clark (AUS) - Etienne de Wilde (BEL)

1996. Jimmi Madsen - Jens Veggerby (DEN)

1997. Andreas Kappes - Carsten Wolf (GER)

1998. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (SWI)

1999. Andreas Kappes (GER) - Adriano Baffi (ITA)

2000. Silvio Martinello (ITA) - Andreas Kappes (GER)

2001. Silvio Martinello - Marco Villa (ITA)

2002. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (SWI)



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* Night 1 - Results & GC
* Night 2 - Results & GC
* Night 3 - Final Results

SIX DAYS OF MUNICH (Germany - Nov. 07-12, 2002):
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SIX DAYS OF DORTMUND (Germany - October 31 - Nov. 05, 2002):
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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 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

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