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Track Cycling: Six Days of Dortmund - Final Results
 
By Fabio
Date: 11/5/2003
Track Cycling: Six Days of Dortmund - Final Results
 


The “Alpen Express” reached destination. At the end of an hard-fought battle Switzerland’s 6-day legends Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart got to the top of the podium and scored their fifth victory in the race, eleven years after their first success, and four after the last one.

The Swiss pair put a end to Germany’s winning string at the Westfalenhalle, and got their own 32nd victory in such events, by a comfortable 20-point margin over last year’s winners Kappes and Beikirch. Crowd favourite Rolf Aldag and Aussie partner Scott McGrory were particulary active in the last night, and even had the best final score, but in spite of their combativity they ended up third, one lap down to the winners.

The German failed again in his attempt to get a record of seven wins in Dortmund, although he could find some (small) solace in the words of Risi, who praised the Team Telekom veteran and labelled him as the one who provided the stiffest opposition to the "Alpen Express". Aldag will likely be back to the Westfalenhalle on December 26 for the "Dortmunder Weihnachtspreis" (Dortmund's Christmas GP) contest.

All podium finishers achieved the 300-point mark and gained a bonus lap in the ultimate night, whereas Holland’s Slippens and Stam - recent champions of the Amsterdam Six - didn’t and finished three laps behind the “Alpen Express”.

American Marty Nothstein and Belgian team-mate Matt Gilmore (usually paired to McGrory) earned more than twice as many points as Denmark’s Madsen and Sandstød got, but nevertheless finished in sixth place, 4 laps behind them. Surer they had a better finish than Britain’s Wiggins and Hayles, who lost six laps and one position in the final night and couldn’t get higher than 11th.

If the big news in the main competition was the comeback of a non-German pair to the top of the podium, in the Stayer Championship it was Carsten Podlesch’s defeat for sure. The German talent, winner of the last two editions of the contest (and of four of the last five Championships) took the runner-up spot after the opening night, and was never able to improve his position. The overall leadership was private property of two of his rivals, fellow German Stefan Klare and Switzerland’s Peter Jörg.

And in the end it was the Helvetic rider, paced by compatriot René Aebi, who managed to hold on the lead and won by the slimmest of margins, thus writing his country’s name in the race palmares for the first time since Hanskurt Brand’s triumph back in the days of 1998.

62rd Six Days of Dortmund - Final Overall Standings

1. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 369 points
2. Andreas Kappes - Andreas Beikirch (Ger) - 349 points

at 1 lap
3. Rolf Aldag (Ger) - Scott McGrory (Aus) - 370 points

at 3 laps
4. Robert Slippens - Danny Stam (Hol) - 218 points

at 7 laps
5. Jimmi Madsen - Michael Sandstød (Der) - 102 points

at 11 laps
6. Matthew Gilmore (Bel) - Marty Nothstein (USA) - 207 points

at 15 laps
7. Franz Stocher (Aut) - Lars Teutenberg (Ger) - 109 points

at 16 laps
8. Guido Fulst - Andreas Müller (Ger) - 135 points

at 18 laps
9. Ronny Lauke - Thorsten Rund (Ger) - 119 points

at 23 laps
10. Jens Lehmann - Sebastian Siedler (Ger) - 217 points

at 24 laps
11. Bradley Wiggins - Robert Hayles (GBR) - 71 points

at 27 laps
12. Gerd Dörich - Stefan Löffler (Ger) - 130 points

at 35 laps
13. Erik Weispfennig - Jan Bratkowski (Ger) - 82 points

DNF Frank Kowatschitsch - Daniel Palicki (Ger)

23rd Internationales Steher Championat - Final GC

1. Peter Jörg (Swi) / Pacer: René Aebi (Swi) - 50 points
2. Carsten Podlesch (Ger) / Pacer: Bruno Walrave (Hol) - 49 points
3. Stefan Klare (Ger) / Pacer: Christian Dippel (Ger) - 46 points
4. Jan Richter (Ger) / Pacer: Gerd Gessler (Ger) - 36 points
5. Francis de Jager (Hol) / Pacer: Dieter Durst (Ger) - 30 points
6. Mario Vonhof (Ger) / Pacer: Helmut Baur (Ger) - 20 points

Six Days of Dortmund - Winners List

2003: Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi)
2002: Andreas Beikirch - Andreas Kappes (Ger)
2001: Rolf Aldag - Erik Zabel (Ger)
2000: Rolf Aldag - Erik Zabel (Ger)
1999: Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi)
1998: Rolf Aldag (Ger) - Silvio Martinello (Ita)
1997: Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi)
1996: Erik Zabel - Rolf Aldag (Ger)
1995: Rolf Aldag (Ger) - Danny Clark (Aus)
1994: Adriano Baffi - Giovanni Lombardi (Ita)
1993: Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi)
1992: Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi)
1991: Rolf Aldag (Ger) - Danny Clark (Aus)
1990: Urs Freuler - Olaf Ludwig
1989: Andreas Kappes - Etienne de Wilde
1988: Danny Clark - Tony Doyle
1987: Danny Clark - Roman Hermann
1986: Danny Clark - Tony Doyle
1985: Roman Hermann - Josef Kristen
1984: Francesco Moser - Rene Pijnen
1983: Danny Clark - Tony Doyle
1982: Danny Clark - Henry Rinklin
1981: Gerd Frank - Hans-Hendrik Oersted
1980: Patrick Sercu - Gregor Braun
1979: Patrick Sercu - Dietrich Thurau
1978: Francesco Moser - Rene Pijnen
1977: Dietrich Thurau - Juergen Tschan
1976: Patrick Sercu - Freddy Maertens
1975: Dieter Kemper - Graeme Gilmore
1974: Patrick Sercu - Rene Pijnen
1973: Patrick Sercu - Eddy Merckx
1972: Patrick Sercu - Alain van Lancker
1971: Dieter Kemper - Klaus Bugdahl
1970: Rudi Altig - Albert Fritz
1969: Patrick Sercu - Peter Post
1968: Patrick Sercu - Rudi Altig
1967: Dieter Kemper - Horst Oldenburg
1966: Rudi Altig - Sigi Renz
1965: Peter Post - Fritz Pfenninger
1964: Rudi Altig - Fritz Pfenninger
1963: Klaus Bugdahl - Sigi Renz
1962: Peter Post - Rik van Looy
1961: Rik van Steenbergen - Emile Severeyns
1960: Klaus Bugdahl - Hans Junkermann
1959: Rik van Steenbergen - Klaus Bugdahl
1958: Kay Werner Nielsen - Palle Lykke
1957: Fernando Terruzzi - Reginald Arnold
1956: Rik van Steenbergen - Emile Severeyns
1955: Hugo Koblet - Armin von Bueren
1954: Lucien Acou - Achiel Bruneel
1953: Lucien Gillen - Fernando Terruzzi
1952: II Hugo Koblet - Armin von Bueren
1952: I Emile Carrara - Guy Lapebie
1934: Marcel Guimbretiere - Paul Broccardo
1933: Paul Buschenhagen - Adolf Schoen
1932: Jan Pijnenburg - Piet van Kempen
1931: Jan Pijnenburg - Adolf Schoen
1930: Victor Rausch - Gottfried Huertgen
1929: Karl Goebel - Alfredo Dinale
1928: Piet van Kempen - Maurice Dewolf
1927: Willy Lorenz - Alessandro Tonani
1926: Fritz Knappe - Willy Rieger


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
* Day 3 - Results and Report
* Day 4 - Results and Report
* Day 5 - 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
* Day 4 - Results and Report
* Day 5 - 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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