To the delight of fans in Amsterdam’s “Velodrome”, Holland’s Robert Slippens and Danny Stam has won the overall in the opening 6-day event of the current season. The Dutch pair, who added this win to the Bremen Six victory they got in the past month of January, completed their climb to the top spot they started in 2001 (when they ranked third) and continued last year (when the guys lost to Italians Villa and Martinello only)
The biggest losers of the competition were the Aussie-Belgian pair Gilmore/McGrory. They were in the lead at the start of the last night, and Glimore’s successful ride in the Team Elimination race seemed to pave the way for a brand new addition to their extraordinary palmares. Both the Gilmore/McGrory and Slippens/Stam put one lap into the “Alpine Express”, Switzerland’s Risi and Betschart, whose hopes for a an overall win were apparently dashed.
But the Swiss made up for the lost lap in the following Madison (30 min. + 10 laps) , and once again we had three pairs on the same number of laps. Such that, after Stam’s and McGrory’s wins in two Derny sessions, it was the very final Madison (45 min. + 10 laps) who proved decisive and, despite attempts from Risi and Betschart to put a lap into Slippens and Stam, the Dutch pair won this race too added 28 points to their score (the “Alpine Express” earned just 20) and could ride to a great success, while Gilmore and McGrory, despite remaining the top scorers of the contest, lost two laps and eventually dropped to third overall, thus repeating last year's result.
They could save a podium spot anyway, as the “Andreas & Andreas” pair (Germany’s Kappes and Beikirch) lost two laps in the ultimate Madison too, and finished just outside the top-three. Dutch fans were happy also at the excellent results of the Pronk brothers, who ended in sixth place. As for English-speaking contenders, the top finisher was South Africa’s Jean Pierre van Zijl, paired to French sensation Robert Sassone, and fifth place getter after they managed to win the Sprints Race, opening race of the night.
Marty Nothstein and USPS rider Max van Heeswijk, winners of the last, 200m Team Time trial (in a time of 10”53) and the last Super Sprint Race, took seventh, one place above their British rivals Bradley Wiggins and Robert Hayles (the latter was top finisher in Saturday’s Elimination Race). Both teams gained a position in the ultimate day.
Last year winner Marco Villa, this time paired to Italian sprinter Ivan Quaranta (who once again displayed his lack of form) couldn’t get higher than 10th, while “Lanterne Rouge” of the Amsterdam Six were Francis de Jager and Gerd Dörich. Denmark’s Madsen and Sandstød were non-finishers.
|Six Days of Amsterdam – Final Overall Standings |
1. Robert Slippens - Danny Stam (Hol) - 348 points
2. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 302 points
at 2 laps
3. Matthew Gilmore (Bel) - Scott McGrory (Aus) - 352 points
at 3 laps
4. Andreas Kappes - Andreas Beikirch (Ger) - 237 points
at 12 laps
5. Jean-Pierre van Zijl (RSA) - Robert Sassone (Fra) - 211 points
at 13 laps
6. Matthew Pronk - Jos Pronk (Hol) - 145 points
at 16 laps
7. Max van Heeswijk (Hol) - Marty Nothstein (USA) - 232 points
at 22 laps
8. Bradley Wiggins - Robert Hayles (GBR) - 105 points
9. Franz Stocher (Aut) - Aart Vierhouten (Hol) - 74 points
at 28 laps
10. Marco Villa - Ivan Quaranta (Ita) - 146 points
at 29 laps
11. Francis de Jager (Hol) - Gerd Dörich (Ger) - 69 points
Did Not Finish
DNF. Jimmi Madsen - Michael Sandstød (Den)
|Six Days of Amsterdam - Previous Results: Links |
* Day 1 - Results and Report
* Day 2 - Results and Report
* Day 3 - Results and Report
* Day 4 - Results and Report
* Day 5 - Results and Report
Results and Report of last year's 6-Days of Amsterdam (a must-read story!) are available by clicking on this link