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Track Cycling - Six Days of Nouméa : Night 2
 
By Fabio
Date: 11/30/2003
Track Cycling - Six Days of Nouméa : Night 2
 

Six Days of Nouméa-Province Sud-Opt: Night Two (Nov. 29, 2003)

The “Six 6 Jours de la Province-Sud/OPT“ continued in the New Caledonian town of Nessadiou (Bourail) on Saturday evening, with riders giving the 600 strong crowd an excellent spectacle. Six hundred spectators may look like a small crowd for a track cycling event, notably when compared to the multitudes youc an find in German Six Days, but when taking into consideration the fact Nessadiou’s Velodrome is not exactly Munich’s “Olympiahalle” or Dortmund’s “Westfalenhalle”, one can say the first days of the “Nouméa Six” enjoyed a good success.

As for the strictly sporting side of the matter, the second night of competition was a success for sure. In the Sprinter’s competition, results were similar to Friday’s, with World Champion Laurent Gané taking the Sprint Race from Florian “serial runner-up” Rousseau and Hervé Gané, and the Keirin ahead of the same Rousseau (second place finisher for the fifth time in two days), while Australian Jason Niblett snatched third.

But in the “vitesse” race Laurent Gané lost to his cousin Hervé Ganè, who launched a wicked attack and surprised all of his rivals. Florian Rousseau put an end to his streak of second place finishes, but not the way he wanted to, as he was “relegated” to third place this time.

There was a huge spectacle in the main event of the night too, with several pairings battling it out in two different Madisons. Just like on Friday, the first chase was won by local riders Jean-Michel Tessier and Robert Sassone, ahead of Germany’s Eric Weispfennig and Stefan Steinweg (overall leaders after night 1).

Things took a different turn in the second, 120-lap Madison, when the top two teams were busy marking each other, and France’s Perque and Merciris profited from that by winning the event ahead the best-known road racer competing in the New Caledonia Six, e.g. Ukraine’s Yaroslav Popovych, and his teammate Volodymyr Bileka. Julien Tejada and Benoît Genauzeau filled the remaining podium spot.

But nothing changed in the Overall Standings, as Eric Weispfennig and Stefan “Steini" Steinweg, third place finishers in the 2002 edition, remained at the top of the GC; New Caledonia’s Tessier and Sassone follow, and Perque and Merciris (who regained the lap they had lost to the top two teams on Friday) are the other guys on the podium.

To the “Mini 6 Jours” now, where red hot favorites Tuanua and Tevitu are more leaders than ever as they won the second Madison and put one more lap into their main challengers. The Royer/Cocker and Guillemard/Young combinations follow in the GC.

Other things worthy of mention were: an emotional crowd favourite Laurent Gané was awarded a special prize for his achievements, and his World Championsip victories in particular, the local “Cycling Academy” of Bourail had another exhibition, and taking a break from his road racing activity Arnoud Tournant went deep-sea fishing, although the man showed that his skills on the bike are definitely better than his fishing ones.

Six Days of Nouméa-Province Sud-Opt: Night Two

Sprinters: Sprint Race
1. Laurent Gané (Fra)
2. Florian Rousseau (Fra)
3. Herve Gané (Fra)

Sprinters: Keirin
1. Laurent Gané (Fra)
2. Florian Rousseau (Fra)
3. Jason Niblett (Aus)

Sprinters: Vitesse
1. Herve Gané (Fra)
2. Laurent Gané (Fra)
3. Florian Rousseau (Fra)

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Six Days of Nouméa - Madison #1 (50 laps)
1. Jean-Michel Tessier (Fra) / Robert Sassone (Fra)
2. Stefan Steinweg - Eric Weispfennig (Ger)
3. Franck Perque - Fabien Merciris (Fra)

Six Days of Nouméa - Madison #2 (120 laps)
1. Franck Perque - Fabien Merciris (Fra)
2. Yaroslav Popovych - Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr)
3. Julien Tejada - Benoît Genauzeau (Fra)

Six Days of Nouméa - GC after Night 2
1. Stefan Steinweg - Eric Weispfennig (Ger)
2. Jean-Michel Tessier - Robert Sassone (Fra/N.Cal)
3. Franck Perque - Fabien Merciris (Fra)

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Mini 6 Jours - GC after Night 2

1. Tuana Zahn-Tevitu Zahn (N.Cal.)
2. Cocker-Royer
3. Guillemard-Young

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
* Day 1 - Results and Report

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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