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Track Cycling: 12th Six Days of Amsterdam - Night 2
 
By Fabio
Date: 10/20/2004
Track Cycling: 12th Six Days of Amsterdam - Night 2
 
12th Six Days of Amsterdam - Night Two: Robert Slippens and Danny Stam started the second night of racing at the Amsterdam Velodrome at the top spot ... and finished in the same position. The reigining champions of the Dutch event, successfully defended their "status" at the end of an(other) close battle that saw the crowd favourites (winners of the Team Elimination early in the night, and the lap TT later) slightly increase the advantage over their closest rivals, with Scott McGrory and Swiss sensation Franco Marvulli -who replied by capturing the "Super Sprint" and establishing a new track record of 34"21 in the three-lap challenge against the clock-, five points adrift, while the "Alpen Express", the Helvetian duo of Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart, arguably the best six-day race specialists around, is sitting in third place, a further nine points behind. With one-third of the contest over all three teams, each of them able to hit the 100-point score and be consequently awarded a bonus lap, look well-poised for final victory.

Max van Heeswijk and Jimmi Madsen had many of their overall hopes dashed as they lost one lap to the top 3 pairings on Tuesday, and slipped three places to seventh, regardless of Madsen's success in the first Derny of the night. The Postie and the Dane made room for another roadie, Frank Vandenbroucke, who had a great day on the track. Paced by the very experienced Zoop Zijlaard, "VdB" powered to victory in the two other Derny sessions, while teammate Matthew Gilmore took the first Elimination event, and both guys rocked the "Queen Race" of the night, the koppelkoers, better known as Madison. Vdb showed some skills that surprised many (although not former rider now 6-day race organizer Patrick Sercu, who somehow predicted his exploits when asked about VDB in pre-Amsterdam Six interviews).

The Belgian duo even managed to take one lap out of the top three combos (and so did the Vierhouten-Beikirch and Villa-Lombardi pairings) in the Madison, and put Slippens and Stam's lead in jeopardy, but as their overall score remained below 100, they couldn't earn any bonus lap, such that they gains were eventually limited, and Vandenbroucke and his teammate failed to hit the podium spots. For the moment at least, as if they continue like that, and get those 13 points they need to be awarded that bonuslap they are hungry for, they are likely to hit the target soon. Who knows what else VdB may have in store for us ...

Local riders held onto the lead also in the "Grand Prix Jan Derksen" the four-man contest named after one of the greatest Dutch "trackies" of all time and reserved for the top sprinters. And featured by Theo Bos' domination of the first two nights; the World Champion took the Flying Lap ITT Tuesday, clocking a time of 10"84, and covered one mile in 01'57"05, thus setting the new track record. Jan van Eijden and Martin Benjamin traded places instead, as the latter proved unable to get any points and moved down to the "red lantern" spot, yielding his previous position to the German, winner of the closing event (Keirin) of the second session, while René Wolff remained in spot #3.

Down in the page you can find also the overall standings of the "Mini-3 Days", the contest reserved for the Juniors, taking place in the first half of the Amsterdam Six, just to make room for the opening leg of the Under 23 UIV Cup in the three other days. All participating teams maintained their respective positions Tuesday, although most gaps among them were extended.

Sprints
1. Iljo Keisse / Wouter van Mechelen (Bel) - 10 p.
2. Francis de Jager / Jens Mouris (Hol) - 8 p.
3. Marco Villa / Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) - 8 p.
4. Stefan van Dijk / Franz Stocher (Hol - Aut) - 7 p.
5. Robert Slippens / Danny Stam (Hol) - 6 p.
6. Aart Vierhouten / Andreas Beikirch (Hol - Ger) - 5 p.

Team Elimination
1. Robert Slippens / Danny Stam (Hol) - 15 p.
2. Scott McGrory / Franco Marvulli (Aus - Swi) - 10 p.
3. Bruno Risi / Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 8 p.
4. Aart Vierhouten / Andreas Beikirch (Hol - Ger) - 6 p.
5. Matthew Gilmore / Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) - 4 p.
6. Matthé Pronk / Jos Pronk (Hol) - 2 p.

Derny - Round 1
1. Jimmi Madsen (Den) - 5 p.
2. Danny Stam (Hol) - 4 p.
3. Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 3 p.
4. Jos Pronk (Hol) - 2 p.
5. Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) - 1 p.
6. Franco Marvulli (Swi)

Elimination Race
1. Matthew Gilmore (Bel) - 15 p.
2. Bruno Risi (Swi) - 10 p.
3. Marco Villa (Ita) - 8 p.
4. Matthé Pronk (Hol) - 6 p.
5. Christian Grassmann (Ger) - 4 p.
6. Steven Deneef (Bel) - 2 p.

Derny - Round 2
1. Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) - 5 p.
2. Aart Vierhouten (Hol) - 4 p.
3. Peter Schep (Hol) - 3 p.
4. Franz Stocher (Aut) - 2 p.
5. Jens Mouris (Hol) - 1 p.
6. Wouter van Mechelen (Bel)

1-lap Team Time Trial
1. Robert Slippens / Danny Stam (Hol) - 15 p. (10"63)
2. Scott McGrory / Franco Marvulli (Aus - Swi) - 10 p. (10"87)
3. Bruno Risi / Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 8 p. (11"04)
4. Francis de Jager / Jens Mouris (Hol) - 6 p. (11"21)
5. Iljo Keisse / Wouter van Mechelen (Bel) - 4 p. (11"23)
6. Marco Villa / Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) - 2 p. (11"45)

Super Sprint
1. Scott McGrory / Franco Marvulli (Aus - Swi) - 15 p.
2. Bruno Risi / Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 10 p.
3. Francis de Jager / Jens Mouris (Hol) - 8 p.
4. Iljo Keisse / Wouter van Mechelen (Bel) - 6 p.
5. Max van Heeswijk / Jimmi Madsen (Hol - Den) - 4 p.
6. Matthé Pronk / Jos Pronk (Hol) - 2 p.

Madison
1. Matthew Gilmore / Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) - 25 p.
2. Aart Vierhouten / Andreas Beikirch (Hol - Ger) - 15 p.
3. Marco Villa / Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) - 10 p.

at 1 lap
4. Bruno Risi / Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 6 p.
5. Matthé Pronk / Jos Pronk (Hol) - 4 p.
6. Robert Slippens / Danny Stam (Hol) - 2 p.
7. Max van Heeswijk / Jimmi Madsen (Hol - Den)
8. Scott McGrory / Franco Marvulli (Swi)

at 2 laps
9. Peter Schep / Steven Deneef (Hol - Bel)
10. Iljo Keisse / Wouter van Mechelen (Bel)
11. Gerd Dörich / Christian Grassmann (Ger)

at 3 laps
12. Stefan van Dijk / Franz Stocher (Hol - Aut)
13. Francis de Jager / Jens Mouris (Hol)

Elimination Race #2
1. Jos Pronk (Hol) - 15 p.
2. Marco Villa (Ita) - 10 p.
3. Iljo Keisse (Bel) - 8 p.
4. Steven Deneef (Bel) - 6 p.
5. Max van Heeswijk (Hol) - 4 p.
6. Francis de Jager (Hol) - 2 p.

Derny - Final
1. Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) - 5 p.
2. Danny Stam (Hol) - 4 p.
3. Jimmi Madsen (Den) - 3 p.
4. Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 2 p.
5. Aart Vierhouten (Hol) - 1 p.
6. Peter Schep (Hol)

3-lap Team Time Trial
1. Scott McGrory / Franco Marvulli (Swi) - 15 p. (34"21)
2. Robert Slippens / Danny Stam (Hol) - 10 p. (34"63)
3. Francis de Jager / Jens Mouris (Hol) - 8 p. (35"32)
4. Iljo Keisse / Wouter van Mechelen (Bel) - 6 p. (35"89)
5. Bruno Risi / Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 4 p. (35"96)
6. Max van Heeswijk / Jimmi Madsen (Hol - Den) - 2 p. (36"24)

Six Days of Amsterdam - GC after Night 2
1. Robert Slippens / Danny Stam (Hol) - 127 p.
2. Scott McGrory / Franco Marvulli (Aus - Swi) - 122 p.
3. Bruno Risi / Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 113 p.

at 1 lap
4. Matthew Gilmore / Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) - 87 p.
5. Marco Villa / Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) - 84 p.
6. Aart Vierhouten / Andreas Beikirch (Hol - Ger) - 63 p.
7. Max van Heeswijk / Jimmi Madsen (Hol - Den) - 56 p.

at 2 laps
8. Matthé Pronk / Jos Pronk (Hol) - 69 p.

at 4 laps
9. Iljo Keisse / Wouter van Mechelen (Bel) - 57 p.
10. Peter Schep / Steven Deneef (Hol - Bel) - 18 p.
11. Gerd Dörich / Christian Grassmann (Ger) - 12 p.

at 5 laps
12. Francis de Jager / Jens Mouris (Hol) - 60 p.
13. Stefan van Dijk / Franz Stocher (Hol - Aut) - 18 p.

Dasia Grand Prix Jan Derksen - GC after Night 2
1. Theo Bos (Hol) - 11 p.
2. Jan van Eijden (Ger) - 8 p.
3. René Wolff (Ger) - 6 p.
4. Martin Benjamin (Hol) - 5 p.

Mini Three Days - GC after Night 2
1. Raymond Kreder - Barry Markus - 131 p.
2. Roy Pieters - Martijn Stoop - 118 p.
3. Christian Kos - Ramon Windt - 92 p.
4. Damien Spierings - Michael Vingerling - 79 p.
5. Yorick Bos - Bjorn Perlee - 69 p.
6. Bert Jan Lindeman - Marc Moes - 56 p.
7. Jesper Asselman - Kevin Schoneveldt - 43 p.
8. Jeffrey Kuijpers - Thomas Polak - 41 p.
9. Sander Kreder - Wesley Kreder - 25 p.

 
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