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Track Cycling: Six Days of Dortmund - Night 1
By Fabio
Date: 10/31/2003
Track Cycling: Six Days of Dortmund - Night 1

The 2003 “Dortmunder Sechstage Rennen” got underway in a similar fashion as last year’s, namely with the “Alpen Express” making a first stop … at the top of the ranking. Indeed, just like twelve months ago, it didn't take long for Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart to capture the overall lead at Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle.

As the Swiss veterans, runners-up to Holland’s Slippens and Stam in last week’s Amsterdam Six, earned 48 points in the first night of racing, they were the top scorers, leaving their Dutch rivals 22 points behind. And leaving Australia’s Scott McGrory, this time paired to crowd favourite Rolf Aldag, one lap behind, such that the German-Aussie duo is sitting in third place only, despite a far better score than what Slippens and Stam could get. Another world-class team from Germany, namely the Beikirch-Kappes duo, coulnd't get higher than fourth instead.

Matthew Gilmore and American Marty Nothstein lost two laps to the leaders, and are currently ranked sixth. But not surprisingly the duo won the 1000m Team Time Trial, setting a time of 58”04. A great result for sure, although far from the track record (56”92) the same pair established in last year’s Night Two. But the fast American and his partner in crime will have all the time to improve it in the next days (nights).

Bad news for Brad Wiggins and Rob Hayles, off to quite a poor start: the British pair lost no less than five laps in the opening session, and is in 12th place. And Wiggins could hardly find some solace in the fact that twelve months ago, at the end of the opening night, his position was even worse (13th).

We can find some similarities with last year’s start also in the "Karstadt Steher-Championat” (Stayers Championship), where just like in 2002 red hot favourite Carsten Podlesch of Germany couldn’t storm to the lead right after the first night. In 2002 it was Stefan Klare that secured the top spot at the end of Night 1, this time Switzerland’s Peter Jörg is leading Podlesch by a two-point margin. The Swiss rider took the first leg, while Holland’s Francis de Jager won the second.

62nd Six Days of Dortmund - GC after Night 1

1. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 48 Points
2. Robert Slippens - Danny Stam (Hol) - 26 Points

at 1 lap
3. Rolf Aldag (Ger) - Scott McGrory (Aus) - 46 Points
4. Andreas Kappes - Andreas Beikirch (Ger) - 38 Points

at 2 laps
5. Guido Fulst - Andreas Müller (Ger) - 32 Points
6. Matthew Gilmore (Bel) - Marty Nothstein (USA) - 22 Points
7. Franz Stocher (Aut) - Lars Teutenberg (Ger) - 17 Points
8. Jimmi Madsen - Michael Sandstød (Den) - 8 Points

at 3 laps
9. Jens Lehmann - Sebastian Siedler (Ger) - 39 Points
10. Ronny Lauke - Thorsten Rund (Ger) - 18 Points

4 laps
11. Gerd Dörich - Stefan Löffler (Ger) - 21 Points

at 5 laps
12. Bradley Wiggins - Robert Hayles (GBR) - 2 Points

at 6 laps
13. Erik Weispfennig - Jan Bratkowski (Ger) - 14 Points

at 7 laps
14. Frank Kowatschitsch - Daniel Palicki (Ger) - 21 Points

23rd Internationales Steher Championat - GC after Night 1

1. Peter Jörg (Swi) / Pacer: René Aebi (Swi) - 10 Points
2. Carsten Podlesch (Ger) / Pacer: Bruno Walrave (Hol) - 8 Points
3. Francis de Jager (Hol) / Pacer: Dieter Durst (Ger) - 7 Points
4. Jan Richter (Ger) / Pacer: Gerd Gessler (Ger) - 7 Points
5. Mario Vonhof (Ger) / Pacer: Helmut Baur (Ger) - 5 Points
6. Stefan Klare (Ger) / Pacer: Christian Dippel (Ger) - 5 Points

Track Cycling on the “Daily Peloton” - 2003/2004 Season:

Six Days of Dortmund (Germany - Oct. 30-Nov. 04, 2003)
* Race Preview

Six Days of Grenoble (France - Oct. 30-Nov. 04, 2003)
* Race Preview

Six Days of Amsterdam (Holland - Oct. 20-25, 2003)
* 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
* Day 6 - Final Results

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