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Track Cycling: 12th Six Days of Amsterdam - Night 4
 
By Fabio
Date: 10/22/2004
Track Cycling: 12th Six Days of Amsterdam - Night 4
 
12th Six Days of Amsterdam - Night Four: Robert Slippens and Danny Stam were back in full force to recapture the overall leadership at the end of Thursday's racing session at the Amsterdam Velodrome. A session whose main feature were two different Madison legs, the first covering thirty minutes (and 10 laps), and the second being 15 minutes longer. The Dutch riders were one lap down from the top two teams at the start of the evening, but closed down the gap in the second Madison, when they put one or more laps into all of their rivals. The combination of such gains and their better overall score lifted the guys back to the top of the ranking.

The reigining champions of the event, well-intentioned to repeat victory on home soil, also earned a further (bonus) lap as their score went above 200, courtesy of further wins in the one-lap TT and Derny events; and so did their chief rivals, the McGrory-Marvulli and Risi-Betschart combos. But both the Aussie-Swiss duo and the legendary "Alpen Express" moved down one place on the GC, regardless of McGrory and Marvulli's Team Elimination success, and the Aussie win in the following Elimination race.

Matthew Gilmore and Frank Vandenbroucke racked up some wins too: the Belgian duo got off to a great start by taking the thirty-minute Madison (with just the Pronks able to stay on the same laps, and snatch second place) in a close sprint, benefitting from the perhaps excessive control among the three other top teams, and nullifying their previous one-lap gap to the leaders, such that they provisionally moved into the podium spots; and VDB even won the Derny again late in the night. But things took a completely different turn in the second Madison, when besides losing a lap to Slippens and Stam they saw all other top contenders reach the 200-point score and get a bonuslap, something they were unable to accomplish.

So that, at the end of the fourth night of competition, they were back to their "usual" fourth place. Another attempt failed, but VDB's gutsy reaction in the Derny’s last leg showed one more time how determined the guys are, so don't be surprised to see them try it all out in the last two nights of racing. And get back on the same number of laps as the other top teams soon, as they need no more than 17 points to achieve the coveted score of 200.

Marco Villa and Giovanni Lombardi didn't repeat their previous excellent performances. The Italians maintained their overall position, but lost laps to all chief contenders in either the first or second Madison, and are currently two laps down on GC. Their chances to add a new jewel to their tally are very slim, although still slightly better than those of Aart Vierhouten and Andreas Beikirch, who didn't lose laps to any top teams but Slippens and Stam (mainly due to the bonus lap they earned), but at the same time didn't make the gains they needed to be still regarded as real overall threats.

The other, "lesser" pairings had their slice of glory too; young Iljo Keisse and Belgian partner Wouter van Mechelen repeated their Night Two win in the opening sprint, with the former taking top honors also in the second Elimination Race of the night, while Francis de Jager and Jens Mouris finally succeeded in capturing the "Super Sprint", and Peter Schep wrote his name in the list of Derny leg winners as he was the second man to prevent the Pronks from winning something on Thursday. But just like it happened on previous sessions, it was that (those in this case) damn Madison(s) that dashed all of their overall hopes.

The Sprinters contest, better known as "Dasia GP Jan Derksen", also goes on with Holland’s Theo Bos as leader. The Dutch superstar actually saw his lead in danger after Jan van Eijden clinched the opening event of the night, the one-mile race, and René Wolff won the final round of the Sprintsrace in an all-German clash. But Bos reacted like the true champion he is to claim the closing event of the fourth session (Keirin) and save his position atop the ranking. But all his three rivals are likely gonna give him a run of his money again and again and again over the next, decisive nights at the Velodrome.

And last but definitely not least, the Under 23 event, the UIV (Union Internationale des Velodromes) Cup, the nine-leg series whose opening stage kicked off Thursday with 13 teams competing. It all resumed the way it ended the past winter: even if Keisse and De Fauw are not in the young gun contest anymore, there’s always some Belgians storming to the top of the ranking. And in this case it was very young Kenny De Ketele (18) and Steve Schets that took over the task, the latter also awarding himself a special gift for his 20th birthday, which came just one day before, as they captured the top spot with a score of 13 and a 5-point lead over the Dutch duo of Geert-Jan Jonkman and Wim Stroetinga. The only British legs at the Velodrome (on the bike at least), those of Matt Brammeier and Mark Cavendish, did a fine job too, as they made it to the top three spots after the first leg of the UIV Cup opener.

Sprints
1. Iljo Keisse / Wouter van Mechelen (Bel) - 10 p.
2. Francis de Jager / Jens Mouris (Hol) - 9 p.
3. Peter Schep / Steven Deneef (Hol - Bel) - 8 p.
4. Max van Heeswijk / Jimmi Madsen (Hol - Den) - 7 p.
5. Marco Villa / Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) - 7 p.
6. Scott McGrory / Franco Marvulli (Aus - Swi) - 6 p.

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

1-lap Team Time Trial
1. Robert Slippens / Danny Stam (Hol) - 15 p. (10"59)
2. Scott McGrory / Franco Marvulli (Aus - Swi) - 10 p. (10"83)
3. Iljo Keisse / Wouter van Mechelen (Bel) - 8 p. (10"91)
4. Matthé Pronk / Jos Pronk (Hol) - 6 p. (11"04)
5. Francis de Jager / Jens Mouris (Hol) - 4 p. (11"05)
6. Bruno Risi / Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 2 p. (11"06)

Madison #1 (30'+10 Laps)
1. Matthew Gilmore / Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) - 25 p.
2. Matthé Pronk / Jos Pronk (Hol) - 15 p.

at 1 lap
3. Marco Villa / Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) - 10 p.
4. Scott McGrory / Franco Marvulli (Aus - Swi) - 6 p.
5. Bruno Risi / Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 4 p.
6. Robert Slippens / Danny Stam (Hol) - 2 p.
7. Max van Heeswijk / Jimmi Madsen (Hol - Den)
8. Aart Vierhouten / Andreas Beikirch (Hol - Ger)

at 2 laps
9. Peter Schep / Steven Deneef (Hol - Bel)
10. Stefan van Dijk / Franz Stocher (Hol - Aut)
11. Gerd Dörich / Christian Grassmann (Ger)
12. Francis de Jager / Jens Mouris (Hol)
13. Iljo Keisse / Wouter van Mechelen (Bel)

Derny - Round 1
1. Peter Schep (Hol) - 5 p.
2. Jimmi Madsen (Den) - 4 p.
3. Jos Pronk (Hol) - 3 p.
4. Jens Mouris (Hol) - 2 p.
5. Wouter van Mechelen (Bel) - 1 p.
6. Gerd Dörich (Aut)

Elimination Race #1
1. Matthew Gilmore (Bel) - 15 p.
2. Steven Deneef (Bel) - 10 p.
3. Matthé Pronk (Hol) - 8 p.
4. Francis de Jager (Hol) - 6 p.
5. Marco Villa (Ita) - 4 p.
6. Stefan van Dijk (Hol) - 2 p.

Derny - Round 2
1. Danny Stam (Hol) - 5 p.
2. Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) - 4 p.
3. Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) - 3 p.
4. Franco Marvulli (Swi) - 2 p.
5. Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 1 p.
6. Aart Vierhouten (Hol)

Supersprint
1. Francis de Jager / Jens Mouris (Hol) - 15 p.
2. Iljo Keisse / Wouter van Mechelen (Bel) - 10 p.
3. Max van Heeswijk / Jimmi Madsen (Hol - Aut) - 8 p.
4. Matthé Pronk / Jos Pronk (Hol) - 6 p.
5. Peter Schep / Steven Deneef (Hol) - 4 p.
6. Stefan van Dijk / Franz Stocher (Hol - Aut) - 2 p.

Madison #2 (45'+10 Laps)
1. Robert Slippens / Danny Stam (Hol) - 25 p.

at 1 lap
2. Bruno Risi / Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 15 p.
3. Scott McGrory / Franco Marvulli (Aus - Swi) - 10 p.
4. Aart Vierhouten / Andreas Beikirch (Hol - Ger) - 6 p.
5. Matthew Gilmore / Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) - 4 p.
6. Marco Villa / Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) - 2 p.

at 2 laps
7. Matthé Pronk / Jos Pronk (Hol)

at 3 laps
8. Iljo Keisse / Wouter van Mechelen (Bel)
9. Peter Schep / Steven Deneef (Hol - Bel)

at 4 laps
10. Francis de Jager / Jens Mouris (Hol)
11. Gerd Dörich / Christian Grassmann (Ger)
12. Stefan van Dijk / Franz Stocher (Hol - Aut)

at 5 laps
13. Max van Heeswijk / Jimmi Madsen (Hol - Den)

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

Derny - Final
1. Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) - 5 p.
2. Danny Stam (Hol) - 4 p.
3. Jos Pronk (Hol) - 3 p.
4. Jimmi Madsen (Den) - 2 p.
5. Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) - 1 p.
6. Peter Schep (Hol)

Six Days of Amsterdam - GC after Night 4
1. Robert Slippens / Danny Stam (Hol) - 237 p.
2. Scott McGrory / Franco Marvulli (Aus - Swi) - 221 p.
3. Bruno Risi / Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 201 p.

at 1 lap
4. Matthew Gilmore / Frank Vandenbroucke (Bel) - 183 p.

at 2 laps
5. Marco Villa / Giovanni Lombardi (Ita) - 149 p.
6. Aart Vierhouten / Andreas Beikirch (Hol - Ger) - 113 p.

at 4 laps
7. Matthé Pronk / Jos Pronk (Hol) - 133 p.

at 8 laps
8. Max van Heeswijk / Jimmi Madsen (Hol - Den) - 109 p.

at 10 laps
9. Iljo Keisse / Wouter van Mechelen (Bel) - 147 p.

at 11 laps
10. Peter Schep / Steven Deneef (Hol - Bel) - 70 p.

at 12 laps
11. Gerd Dörich / Christian Grassmann (Ger) - 19 p.

at 13 laps
12. Francis de Jager / Jens Mouris (Hol) - 151 p.
13. Stefan van Dijk / Franz Stocher (Hol - Aut) - 57 p.

UIV Cup (Under 23) - GC after Night 1
1. Kenny De Ketele / Steve Schets (Bel) - 13 p.
2. Geert-Jan Jonkman / Wim Stroetinga (Hol) - 8 p.
3. Matt Brammeier / Mark Cavendish (GBR) - 6 p.
4. David Gisiger / Thierry Fodère (Swi - Fra) - 3 p.
5. Pavel Subrt / Marek Mixa (Cze) - 2 p.
6. Kevin Sluimer / Niki Terpstra (Hol) - 1 p.
7. Patrick Kos / Davy Tuitens (Hol - Bel)
8. Tim van der Zanden / Levi Heimans (Hol)
9. Patrick Betz / Daniel Schlegel (Ger)
10. Michael Berling / Jakob Dyrgaard (Den)

at 3 laps
11. René Schibl / Marco Stafanutti (Swi)

at 4 laps
12. Georg Tazreiter / Lubor Kosicka (Aut - Cze)

Dasia Grand Prix Jan Derksen - GC after Night 4
1. Theo Bos (Hol) - 28 p.
2. René Wolff (Ger)
3. Jan van Eijden (Ger)
4. Martin Benjamin (Hol)

 
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