Ghent Six 2003

Friday night's racing pics by Fat Nick. All photos copyright Nick Rosenthal.

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Matt Gilmore and Bradley Wiggins wave their flowers at the crowd in Ghent. Matt Gilmore Robert Sassone leads partner Scott McGrory into a flying lap time trial in the  Ghent Six. Rob Slippens and Danny Stam at the top of the Ghent banking World points race champion Franz Stocher of Austria throws partner Iljo Keisse of Belgium into the race.
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Gerratit! A madison change in the middle of the bunch. This is the Danish pairing of Jimmi Madsen and Michael Sandstod. Shall we dance? Matt Gilmore delicately holds hands with Bradley Wiggins during a Madison change. Bradley Wiggins in full flight at Ghent. The young British world pursuit champion is hungry for his first six-day win. Brad Wiggins hurls Matt Gilmore into the race. Big Franco Marvulli lays down the power during the Ghent Six.
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Andreas Beikirch goes for it. Alexander Aeschbach at speed in  Ghent. Belgium's Iljo Keisse during the 2003 Gentse Zesdaagse. Rob Hayles chucks America's Marty Nothstein into the race. The Cofidis pro has been struggling this week with a bug. Matt Gilmore in full flight at Ghent.
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Slippens and Stam change on the Ghent banking. Jean-Pierre van Zyl chucks Italy's Marco Villa into the race. Franco Marvulli slings partner Alex Aeschbach into the race. Steven Deneef and Wouter van Mechelen show how to do a madison change during the Ghent six-day bike race. Andreas Beikirch in full flight at Ghent.
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Marco Villa throws J-P van Zyl into the race. Top dogs: Switzerland's Kurt Betschart gives a handsling to partner Bruno Risi. Full-on action: Pain shows on the face of Matt Gilmore (green jersey) and Anreas Beikirch (yellow). Behind, Kurt Betschart (bottom) and Marco Villa shelter in the wheels. Andreas Beikirch throws Andreas Kappes into the madison at Ghent. Robert Sassone responds to an attack, bridging the gap.
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The bunch in full flight during the Ghent six-day race. Concentration on the face of experienced German pro Gerd Dörich as he is thrown into the race. Scott McGrory chasing down a break. In the background, partner Sassone has just thrown him in. Alex Aeschbach hands over to Franco Marvulli in the closing stages of a madison during the 2003 Gentse Zesdaagse. Devastating effect: Bruno Risi launches a blistering attack, whilst Andreas Kappes grits his teeth behind.
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Big boys rules: Big tall Marty Nothstein throws big, tall Rob Hayles into the fray. Scott McGrory tucks in behind Danish six-day rider to take a lap gain. Showing the strain: Iljo Keisse slings Franz Stocher in during the final minutes of a hectic 40-minute madison, Matt Gilmore and Bradley Wiggins celebrate a win in the Friday night Madison