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Track Cycling: Six Days of Amsterdam - Day 1
 
By Fabio
Date: 10/21/2003
Track Cycling: Six Days of Amsterdam - Day 1
 

Besides Cyclo-Cross, also the Track Cycling season 2003-2004 got underway at last. It took off on Monday, with the first, traditional big challenge, the 6-Days of Amsterdam. A world-class field of 12 different pairs toed the start line at the local “Velodrome”.

Among them were many English-speaking contenders, from American Marty Nothstein to Aussie Scott McGrory (and his Australian-born Belgian partner Matt Gilmore), from the all-British duo made up of Bradley Wiggins and Robert Hayles to South Africa’s Jean Pierre Van Zijl.

And also worthy of a mention is the participation of “Mad Max” Van Heeswijk, Holland’s contribution to the USPS-Berry Floor team, who, less than a week after taking second in his last challenge on the road (Sluitingprijs putte-Kapelle, see link at the bottom of the page) is back on track, this time paired to another American, Marty Nothstein.

Leaders of the race after the first night of competition are different Dutch riders though: local sensations Robert Slippens and Danny Stam. After playing second fiddle to Italian veterans Martinello and Villa in the 2002 edition, the Dutch duo immediately moved into the top spot, with a two-point advantage over their main rivals, Matthew Gilmore and Scott McGrory. Another overall threat such as the "made in Switzerland" pair consisting of Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart is sitting in third place, trailing 11 points behind the crowd favorites.

Six Days of Amsterdam - Starting List

1. Marco Villa - Ivan Quaranta (Ita)
2. Robert Slippens - Danny Stam (Hol)
3. Matthew Gilmore (Bel) - Scott McGrory (Aus)
4. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi)
5. Bradley Wiggins - Robert Hayles (GBR)
6. Matthé Pronk - Jos Pronk (Hol)
7. Andreas Kappes - Andreas Beikirch (Ger)
8. Max Van Heeswijk (Hol) - Marty Nothstein (USA)
9. Jimmi Madsen - Michael Sandstřd (Den)
10. Franz Stocher (Aut) - Aart Vierhouten (Hol)
11. Francis De Jager (Hol) - Gerd Dörich (Ger)
12. Jean-Pierre Van Zijl (RSA) - Robert Sassone (Fra)

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Six Days of Amsterdam - GC after Night 1

1. Robert Slippens - Danny Stam (Hol) - 72 points
2. Matthew Gilmore (Bel) - Scott McGrory (Aus) - 70 points
3. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 61 points
4. Jimmi Madsen - Michael Sandstřd (Den) - 44 points

at 1 lap
5. Jean-Pierre van Zijl (RSA) - Robert Sassone (Fra) - 45 points
6. Andreas Kappes - Andreas Beikirch (Ger) - 27 points

at 2 laps
7. Max van Heeswijk (Hol) - Marty Nothstein (USA) - 29 points
8. Bradley Wiggins - Robert Hayles (GBR) - 22 points
9. Franz Stocher (Aut) - Aart Vierhouten (Hol) - 8 points
10. Matthé Pronk - Jos Pronk (Hol) - 6 points

at 3 laps
11. Francis de Jager (Hol) - Gerd Dörich (Ger) - 6 points

at 5 laps
12. Marco Villa - Ivan Quaranta (Ita) - 8 points

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Six Days of Amsterdam – Last Year’s Results

1. Silvio Martinello (Ita) - Marco Villa (Ita) - 361 points
2. Danny Stam (Hol) - Robert Slippens (Hol) - 351 points,
3. Matthew Gilmore (Bel) - Scott McGrory (Aus) - 312 points
4. Bruno Risi (Swi) - Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 286 points
5. Jimmi Madsen (Den) - Marty Nothstein (USA) - at 3 laps, 300 points
6. Jean-Pierre van Zyl (Rsa) - Robert Hunter (RSA) - at 5 laps, 221 points
7. Servais Knaven (Hol) - Leon van Bon (Hol) - 202 points
8. Gerd Dörich (Ger) - Franz Stocher (Aut) - 149 points
9. Robert Sassone (Fra) - Roland Garber (Aut) - at 6 laps, 105 points
10. Mario Vonhof (Ger) - Francis de Jager (Hol) - at 12 laps, 136 points
11. Matthé Pronk (Hol) - Jos Pronk (Hol) - at 15 laps, 100 points
12. Lorenzo Lapage (Bel) - Filip Meirhaeghe (Bel) - at 19 laps, 46 points
13. Wilco Zuijderwijk (Hol) - Anthony Gibb (GBR) - at 21 laps, 90 points
 
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