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Track Cycling: Six Days of Dortmund - Night 3
By Fabio
Date: 11/2/2003
Track Cycling: Six Days of Dortmund - Night 3

They did it at last: it took a three-day work, but finally Rolf Aldag and Scott McGrory managed to claim the overall lead in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 12,000 that filled Dortmund’s Westfalenhalle, and paid a standing ovation to the 35-year-old German and his mate.

Indeed the German-Aussie pair achieved a record score of 210 points, and conquered a well-earned bonus lap, which put them on the same number of laps as Switzerland’s Risi and Betschart, but their better score gave the crowd favourite and his partner the lead over the “Alpen Express”.

But whereas in the Grenoble Six overall win is a matter of two teams, no less than four pairs may still harbour legitimate hopes in Dortmund: also Germany’s Kappes and Beikirch, as well as Amsterdam Six winners Slippens and Stam, can still be regarded as serious GC threats, as they stand just one lap behind the two top teams.

In post-race interviews Aldag stated that “As I said before, Scott and I are more and more in tune with each other, and our teamwork was almost perfect tonight". The German is well-aware of the fact that the battle is still wide open anyway: "Nothing is decided. Our lead is marginal, and there’s still three hard days in front of us".

Another big news of the day is the abandon, mainly due to a virus that affected the “peloton”, of four riders, two English-speakers included, belonging to as many different teams, and the formation of two “new” pairs made up of their partners still in contention: after bronchial problems forced American Marty Nothstein, Britain’s Robert Hayles, debutant Daniel Palicki and fellow German Andreas Müller out of the race, Brad Wiggins has been paired to Matthew Gilmore (and they are currently placed sixth), while Guido Fulst teamed up with Frank Kowatschitsch.

Good news for Stefan Klare coming right from the Stayers race: the German Champion won both of Saturday’s legs and moved to the top spot, one point ahead of Carsten Podlesch and former overall leader Peter Jörg. Klare was the man that proved able enough to edge out red hot favouite Podlesch in the Y2K edition of this contest, and it looks like that, three years later, he might do it again.

62rd Six Days of Dortmund - GC after Night 3

1. Rolf Aldag (Ger) - Scott McGrory (Aus) - 210 points
2. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 166 points

at 1 lap
3. Andreas Kappes - Andreas Beikirch (Ger) - 183 points
4. Robert Slippens - Danny Stam (Hol) - 132 points

at 4 laps
5. Jimmi Madsen - Michael Sandstød (Den) - 55 points

at 5 laps
6. Matthew Gilmore (Bel) - Bradley Wiggins (GBR) - 106 points

at 7 laps
7. Guido Fulst - Frank Kowatschitsch (Ger) - 91 points
8. Franz Stocher (Aut) - Lars Teutenberg (Ger) - 55 points

at 10 laps
9. Ronny Lauke - Thorsten Rund (Ger) - 50 points

at 13 laps
10. Jens Lehmann - Sebastian Siedler (Ger) - 113 points

at 16 laps
11. Gerd Dörich - Stefan Löffler (Ger) - 46 points

at 21 laps
12. Erik Weispfennig - Jan Bratkowski (Ger) - 43 points

23rd Internationales Steher Championat - GC after Night 3

1. Stefan Klare (Ger) / Pacer: Christian Dippel (Ger) - 26 points
2. Carsten Podlesch (Ger) / Pacer: Bruno Walrave (Hol) - 25 points
3. Peter Jörg (Swi) / Pacer: René Aebi (Swi) - 25 points
4. Francis de Jager (Hol) / Pacer: Dieter Durst (Ger) - 18 points
5. Jan Richter (Ger) / Pacer: Gerd Gessler (Ger) - 18 points
6. Mario Vonhof (Ger) / Pacer: Helmut Baur (Ger) - 14 points

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

Six Days of Dortmund (Germany - Oct. 30-Nov. 04, 2003)
* Race Preview
* Day 1 - Results and Report
* Day 2 - Results and Report

Six Days of Grenoble (France - Oct. 30-Nov. 04, 2003)
* Race Preview
* Day 1 Results
* Day 2 - Results and Report
* Day 3 - Results and Report

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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