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Track Cycling: Six Days of Munich - Night 1
 
By Fabio
Date: 11/7/2003
Track Cycling: Six Days of Munich - Night 1
 



40th Six Days of Munich - Night One (November 06, 2003)

Switzerland’s Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart stormed into the lead after the opening session of the 40th “Six Days of Munich”, taking place on Thursday evening in the “Olympiahalle” track of the Bavarian capital. The “Alpine Express”, coming from their recent victory on another German city (Dortmund) had an excellent score of 69, and are currently leading Amsterdam Six winners Slippens and Stam of Holland by a four-point margin. Reigning champions Scott McGrory and Matt Gilmore couldn’t get higher than third in the first night of racing, but you’d better not write them off, as they are just six points down to the best-placed team.

Britain’s Brad Wiggins and French mate Robert Sassone got off to a good start. Despite losing a lap to the top three pairs, they had an excellent score of 38, and are currently sitting in fourth place, ahead of the likes of Kappes and Beikirch. American Marty Nothstein and German partner Robert Bartko are in the top 10 spots, but far from the lead as, even if their overall score is better than those of a couple teams currently having a better overall placing (but the Pennsylvanian is not new to such things) they lost three laps in the opening night.

To the surprise of many Alexander Aeschbach, recent winner of the Six Days of Grenoble, is at the bottom of the table after Night 1. The Swiss and his South African team-mate Jean Pierre van Zijl, who took second in the same French event, lost more laps (four) than as many points (three) they could get on Thursday.

As mentioned in yesterday's preview (see link down in the page), one of the main features of this year's Munich Six was the presence of quite an unsual starter: no less than Jan Ullrich! Images of Germany's best-known rider firing the starting shot of the race, and more pics from the opening night at the "Olympiahalle", can be found here and here.

40th Six Days of Munich - GC after Night 1

1. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 69 points
2. Robert Slippens - Danny Stam (Hol) - 65 points
3. Scott McGrory (Aus) - Matt Gilmore (Bel) - 63 points

at 1 lap
4. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) - Robert Sassone (Fra) -38 points
5. Andreas Kappes - Andreas Beikirch (Ger) - 35 points
6. Franco Marvulli (Swi) - Marco Villa (Ita) - 32 points
7. Andreas Müller - Guido Fulst (Ger) - 12 points
8. Jimmi Madsen - Michael Sandstød (Den) - 11 points

at 3 laps
9. Robert Bartko (Ger) - Marty Nothstein (USA) - 26 points
10. Gerd Dörich - Stefan Löffler (Ger) - 13 points
11. Daniel Becke - Lars Teutenberg (Ger) - 8 points
12. Ronnie Laucke - Thorsten Rund (Ger) - 3 points

at 4 laps
13. Roland Garber - Franz Stocher (Aut) - 22 points
14. Jan Bratkowski - Erik Weißpfennig (Ger) - 7 points
15. Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) - Jean-Pierre von Zijl (RSA) - 3 points

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Under 23 Franziskaner Rad Open - Night One (November 06, 2003)

Winners of the two opening legs – Amsterdam and Dortmund - of this 7-stage contest, Belgians Iljo Keisse and Dimitri de Fauw have to face strong opposition in Munich’s "U23 Franziskaner Rad Open”. At the end of the first night, the talented duo was just fourth in the GC, four points down to the leading pair(s): Germany’s Ralph Zimmermann and Oliver Mattmann and fellow countrymen Florian Piper and Andreas Welsch, are tied at the top with a 23-point score.

But the red hot favorites have all the time to make up for their “bad” start, which was not that bad if you take into consideration the fact their closest pursuers in the UIV-Cup Overall Rankings, Denmark’s Michael Smith Larsen and Michael Berling, are four points and two places behind them. And the same Zimmermann and Mattmann are not that much of an overall threat after all, as the Germans were 26 points down to the Belgians in the UIV-Cup Standings at the start of the Munich Six.

U23 Franziskaner Rad Open/U.I.V. Cup Round 3
GC after Night 1

1. Ralph Zimmermann - Oliver Mattmann (Ger) - 23 points
2. Florian Piper - Andreas Welsch (Ger) - 23 points
3. Alexei Chmidt - Konstantin Ponomarov (Rus) - 21 points
4. Iljo Keisse - Dimitri de Fauw (Bel) - 19 points
5. Leif Lampater - Kraus (Ger) - 17 points
6. Michael Smith Larsen - Michael Berling (Den) - 15 points
7. Leonardo Pappalardo - Sebastian Frey (Ger) - 13 points
8. Sascha Richter - Nicolai Raasch (Ger) - 11 points
9. David Gisiger - Michael Müller (Swi) - 9 points
10. Aurel Siegel - Felix Wolf (Ger) - 7 points
11. Markus Reich - Christian Herde (Ger) - 5 points
12. Christian Grasmann - Thomas Höss (Ger) - 4 points
13. Christian Ortkras - Marcel Rothstein (Ger) - 3 points
14. Alexander Peter - Hanjo Veit (Ger) - 2 points
15. Mattia Thiene - Andrea Bini (Ita) - 1 point


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

Six Days of Munich (Germany - Nov. 06-11, 2003)
* Race Preview

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
* Day 6 - Final Results

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
* Day 6 - Final Results

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 - Fin


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