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Track Cycling: 41st Six Days of Munich - Night Four
By Fabio
Date: 11/15/2004
Track Cycling: 41st Six Days of Munich - Night Four
41st Six Days of Munich – Night Four: Holland’s Robert Slippens and Danny Stam held onto the overall leadership also after Sunday’s fourth session at the Olympiapark track, and after hitting the 200-point mar k, and being awarded the consequent bonuslap, even managed to extend their lead over both the McGrory-Gilmore and Risi–Betschart combos to two laps, which is not unsignificant margin at all. Indeed even achieving a score of 200 and earning one bonuslap (something they are actually close to) wouldn’t be enough for the Aussie-Belgian duo and/or the Alpen Express to close down the gap.

But arguably the real winners of the day were Germany’s Andreas Kappes and Andreas Beikirch: the crowd favorites achieved the 200-point score and gained the relative bonuslap too, but even managed to gain a further lap on all of their chief rivals, current leaders included, such that, with two nights of bike-battling to go, they are in the same laps as the Dutch team, and just five points adrift when it comes to overall scores. The “Two Andreas” and their Olympiapark fans are well entitled to think big for sure.

As for the rest of the Munich Six boys, Grenoble Six two-time champion Franco Marvulli and Germany’s Robert Bartko gained one lap on both Scott & Matt and the Alpen Express (and they have the same score as the Swiss duo too), but remain far from the podium spots, not to mention the yellow jersey, while Australian Luke Roberts and Danish partner Jimmi Madsen held onto their eighth place overall despite losing a further lap to Slippens and Stam. Belgian youngsters Wouter van Mechelen and Iljo Keisse gained one bonuslap (as their score went above 100) and one position on the GC, but their gap to the top 8 spots still remains enormous.

As for the Sprinters contest, Olympic Gold Medallist René Wolff of Erfurt, Germany, is the overall leader at the end of Sunday’s session, with Britain’s Chris Hoy in second and Barry Fordes (Barbados) in third, while German superstar –and Athens 2004 Gold Medal winner too- Jens Fiedler is not living up to expectations this time, as the man from Chemnitz is sitting in spot number four only, with most of the battle over.

41st Six Days of Munich - GC after Night Four

1. Robert Slippens - Danny Stam (Hol) - 209 p.
2. Andreas Kappes - Andreas Beikirch (Ger) - 204 p.

at 2 laps
3. Scott McGrory (Aus) - Matthew Gilmore (Bel) - 190 p.
4. Bruno Risi - Kurt Betschart (Swi) - 151 p.

at 4 laps
5. Robert Bartko (Ger) - Franco Marvulli (Swi) - 151 p.

at 7 laps
6. Lars Teutenberg - Christian Lademann (Ger) - 88 p.

at 11 laps
7. Marco Villa (Ita) - Thorsten Rund (Ger) - 86 p.

at 13 laps
8. Luke Roberts (Aus) - Jimmi Madsen (Den) - 62 p.

at 20 laps
9. Leif Lampater (Ger) - Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) - 72 p.

at 21 laps
10. Franz Stocher (Aut) - Christian Grasmann (Ger) - 52 p.

at 22 laps
11. Stefan Löffler - Andreas Müller (Ger) - 63 p.

at 24 laps
12. Wouter van Mechelen - Iljo Keisse (Bel) - 104 p.

at 25 laps
13. Gerd Dörich - Frank Kowatschitsch (Ger) - 30 p.

at 27 laps
14. Ronny Lauke - Erik Weisspfennig (Ger) - 17 p.

at 28 laps
15. Mikhail Ignatiev - Alexei Markov (Rus) - 34 p.

Sprinters Race - GC after Night Four

1. René Wolff (Ger)
2. Chris Hoy (GBR)
3. Barry Ricardo Forde (Bar)
4. Jens Fiedler (Ger)

UIV Talents Cup CUP Round #3 - Night Four: Just like fellow countrymen Kappes and Beikirch did in “big guns” territory, a few German teams delighted the crowd by becoming Sunday’s “stage” top scorers, and making a few gains in the overall, although neither Henning Bommel and Robert Bengsch nor Jan Eric Schwarzer and Markus Reich were able to make it to the podium places.

Such that “stage winners” in GC terms were actually Belgium’s own Kenny de Ketele and Steve Schets, that moved to the top spot, although with the same score as Denmark’s Michael Berling and Alex Rasmussen. Curiously we have two teams tied at the top with 60 as their respective score, but also as many teams tied in the “first chasing group”, as both the Marc Hester-Michael Mørkøv and Gert Jan Jonkmann-Wim Stroetinga combinations are trailing by six points, and still have their overall chances intact. The top four teams should also beware their closest pursuers anyway, and notably Bommel and Bengsch: should the all-German pairing continue their point-scoring ways into the last two days of racing, they might give plenty of satisfactions to the local fans. But – again … time and the road (er, track) will tell.

U23 Franziskaner Rad-Open - GC after Night Four

1. Kenny de Ketele - Steve Schets (Bel) - 60 p.
2. Michael Berling - Alex Rasmussen (Den) - 60 p.
3. Marc Hester - Michael Mørkøv (Den) - 54 p.
4. Gert-Jan Jonkmann - Wim Stroetinga (Hol) - 54 p.
5. Henning Bommel - Robert Bengsch (Ger) - 48 p.
6. Jan Eric Schwarzer - Markus Reich (Ger) - 37 p.
7. Patrick Betz - Daniel Schlegel (Ger) - 34 p.
8. René Schibl - Benjamin Baumgartner (Swi) - 27 p.
9. Karl Christian König - Robert Kriegs (Ger) – 22 p.
10. Sebastian Frey - Nicolai Raasch (Ger) - 19 p.
11. Pavel Subrt - Marek Mixa (Cze) - 17 p.
12. Christoph Meschenmoser - David Heine (Ger) - 16 p.
13. Cédric Ager - Nicolas Rousseau (Fra) - 5 p.
14. Kevin Sluimer - Patrick Kos (Hol) - 4 p.
15. Georg Tazreiter (Aut) - Lubor Kosicka (Cze) - 4 p.

Track Cycling 2004/2005 on the ”Daily Peloton" - Links

41st Six Days of Munich (Nov. 11-16, 2004)
* Race Preview and Night 1 Results & Report
* Night 2 Results & Report
* Night 3 Results & Report

63rd Six Days of Dortmund (Oct. 28-Nov. 02, 2004)
* Race Preview and Night 1 Results & Report

12th Six Days of Amsterdam (Oct. 18-23, 2004)
* Race Preview and Night 1 Results & Report
* Night 2 Results & Report
* Night 3 Results & Report
* Night 4 Results & Report
* Night 5 Results & Report
* Night 6 - Final Results & Report

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