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Track Cycling - Six Days of Nouméa : Night 1
 
By Fabio
Date: 11/29/2003
Track Cycling - Six Days of Nouméa : Night 1
 

Six Days of Nouméa-Province Sud-Opt: Night One (Nov. 28, 2003)

The opening session of the “Six Days of Nouméa” took place on Friday in the 250-meter track of the town of Bourail, 160 km. to the north of the capital city of France’s Overseas territory of New Caledonia.

The first main protagonists of one the most important track cycling events in the Southern Emisphere (outside Australia at least), were Germany’s Stefan “Steini” Steinweg and Eric Weispfennig, who won the second, 100-lap Madison of the night, and moved to the top of the Overall as they displaced local heroes Jean-Michel Tessier and Robert Sassone, that were the first GC leaders after they won the opening 60-lap Madison.

The first night at Bourail lived up to expectations, with the two favourite teams battling it out since the start and taking the top places, also opening a significant gap over all the rest of the 14-strong field, as the third-placed combination, France’s Perque and Merciris, are trailing one lap behind.

There was a big battle of big names in the Sprinter's competition too, with Noumèa-born Laurent Gané proving that he’s not a World Champion by chance, and winning both the 200m flying start time trial and the “Velocité”event, both times ahead of Florian Rousseau. Friday was not Rousseau’s best day, as the man took second in the Keirin too, this time behind another well-known track specialist, Arnaud Tournant.

Last but not least, the “Mini 6 Jours”, reserved for the young guns, saw the Zahn brothers (Tuana and Tevitu) dominate the first night as expected, with Jean-Noël Royer and Cocker following, Jean Cyril Guillemard and teammate Young in third place, and the Lemaitre/Bonnerot combination just outside the podium spots.

Waiting to move to Noumèa’s track next Monday, the “Six Jours de la Province Sud-OPT” continues on Saturday with a schedule also including a 120-lap Madison for the "big guns", a 50-lap chase for the younger ones in the "Mini Six" and a Flying Lap Time-Trial plus a Keirin event for the Sprinters.


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

* 2003-2004 Season Calendar

Six Days of Nouméa (New Caledonia - Nov. 28-Dic. 03, 2003)
* Race Preview

Six Days of The Flanders / Ghent (Belgium - Nov. 18-23, 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

Memorial Noel Foré (Belgium - Nov. 11, 2003)
* Results and Report

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
* Day 5 - Results and Report
* Day 6 - Final Results

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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