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Track Cycling: Six Days of Munich - Night 5
 
By Fabio
Date: 11/11/2003
Track Cycling: Six Days of Munich - Night 5
 


40th Six Days of Munich - Night Five (November 10, 2003)

Unbelievable but true. To the surprise of many, Britain’s Brad Wiggins and French partner Robert Sassone, a couple few included in the list of main favourites, took over the lead at the end of the penultimate night of racing at the “Olympiahalle”. Despite starting in sixth place, one lap and almost 100 points down to the top teams, the Franco-British pair stormed into the #1 spot as they achieved the 200-point mark to gain a bonus lap, and had a great performance in the final Madison, just to end Monday’s session with a one-lap lead over their closest pursuers.

Behind the surprising duo, four teams are tied on the same number of laps, but it looks like the biggest threat to Brad and Sassone may come from Germans Kappes and Beikirch, who moved up two places into second overall, and are only six points short of reaching the 300-point score and gaining a further bonus lap, that would put them in the lead. Robert Slippens and Danny Stam retained third place, while it was a bad day for Gilmore and McGrory, getting out of the top three, and even worse for toppled leaders Risi and Betschart: Switzerland's “Alpen Express” dramatically slipped to spot #5.

With fellow Swiss Franco Marvulli and Italy's Marco Villa, as well as Denmark’s Madsen and Sandstød, losing a couple laps each (while American Marty Nothstein and German partner Bartko added more and more points to their tally, but also lost three further laps), the overall win has turned into a matter of five teams "only". And with just one night to go, Kappes and Beikirch look favourites to take the victory at the “Olympiahalle”, but after we saw how many surprises Monday's session had in store, we’d better not write any of the top 5 teams off. All of them could take the laurels on Tuesday.

Things are much less complicated in the Under 23 race (“Franziskaner Rad Open”), where Iljo Keisse and Dimitri De Fauw are just a step away from taking their third victory in as many consecutive legs of the UIV Cup. The Belgians ranked second in the penultimate session, won by local contenders Florian Piper and Andreas Welsch, who regained a top three place in the GC, and threw fellow countrymen Leif Lampater and Sven Kraus (who snatched seventh on Monday) down to lowest podium spot.

Christian Grassmann and Thomas Hoss managed to a third place finish on Monday, but couldn’t make any gain in the Overall Standings, while it was a bad day for Swiss competitors also in the “Espoirs” race, as Ralph Zimmermann and Oliver Mattmann dropped to fourth overall.

So let’s get the final party started: tonight we’ll get to know the names of the winners of one of the most prestigious track cycling competitions on the planet. And tonight fans with a Satellite dish, and the possibility to receive Astra Satellite programs, will be given a unique chance to watch the decisive moments of the race live on the Bayerischer Fernsehen Channel (Astra Analogue, 11.141 GHz. - Astra Digital, 11.836 GHz. Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27500. FEC 3/4), with a 50-minute transmission from the Olympiahalle, scheduled to start at 23h25 CET (one hour earlier in the UK & Ireland). Don’t miss it if you can!!

40th Six Days of Munich - GC after Night 5

1. Bradley Wiggins (GBR) - Robert Sassone (Fra) - 216 points

at 1 lap
2. Andreas Kappes - Andreas Beikirch (Ger) - 294 points
3. Robert Slippens - Danny Stam (Hol) - 277 points
4. Scott McGrory (Aus) - Matt Gilmore (Bel) - 271 points
5. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 269 points

at 4 laps
6. Franco Marvulli (Swi) - Marco Villa (Ita) - 224 points

at 6 laps
7. Jimmi Madsen - Michael Sandstød (Den) - 99 points

at 10 laps
8. Robert Bartko (Ger) - Marty Nothstein (USA) - 197 points

at 13 laps
9. Ronnie Lauke - Thorsten Rund (Ger) - 30 points

at 17 laps
10. Andreas Müller - Guido Fulst (Ger) - 39 points

at 21 laps
11. Roland Garber - Franz Stocher (Aut) - 127 points

at 23 laps
12. Daniel Becke - Lars Teutenberg (Ger) - 85 points

at 25 laps
13. Jan Bratkowski - Erik Weißpfennig (Ger) - 92 points

at 28 laps
14. Gerd Dörich - Stefan Löffler (Ger) - 63 points

at 30 laps
15. Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) - Jean-Pierre van Zijl (RSA) - 87 points

U23 Franziskaner Rad Open/U.I.V. Cup Round 3
GC after Night 5

1. Iljo Keisse - Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) - 92 points
2. Florian Piper - Andreas Welsch (Ger) - 76 points
3. Leif Lampater - Sven Kraus (Ger) - 70 points
4. Ralph Zimmermann - Oliver Mattmann (Swi) - 66 points
5. Michael Smith Larsen - Michael Berling (Den) - 66 points
6. Alexei Chmidt - Konstantin Ponomarov (Rus) - 64 points
7. Christian Grassmann - Thomas Hoss (Ger) - 49 points
8. David Gisiger - Michael Müller (Swi) - 20 points
9. Sascha Richter - Nicolai Raasch (Ger) - 19 points
10. Markus Reich - Christian Herde (Ger) - 13 points
11. Aurel Siegel - Felix Wolf (Ger) - 8 points
12. Christian Ortkras - Marcel Rothstein (Ger) - 5 points
13. Alexander Peter - Hanjo Veit (Ger) - 5 points
14. Mattia Thiene - Andrea Bini (Ita) - 5 points


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

Six Days of Munich (Germany - Nov. 06-11, 2003)
* Race Preview
* Day 1 - Results and Report
* Day 2 - Results and Report
* Day 3 - Results and Report
* Day 4 - Results and Report

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 - Final Results


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