Ghent Six 2003

Sunday night's racing pics by Fat Nick - action shots from the last day of the 2003 Gentse Zesdaagse. All photos copyright Nick Rosenthal.

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Professionalism: Iljo Keisse takes time to sign autographs during the Gentse Zesdaagse in November 2003. Jean-Pierre van Zyl at speed in the 2003 Ghent Six. Austria's Franz Stocher finds a big smile for Fat Nick. Marty Nothstein in his cabin at the 2003 Ghent Six-Day bike race. Steven Deneef and Wouter van Mechelen share a cabin during the Ghent six-day cycle race.
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500 metre time trial, and Matt Gilmore reaches back to give partner Brad Wiggins a handsling. Time trial winners: Rob Hayles (bottom) and Marty Nothstein collect their flowers. Wonder if Patrick Sercu is saying "Hey Rob, remember the time you took a tumble and landed right at my feet?" Dance master: Gerd Dörich always seems to have time for a smile, a laugh and a "bicycle boogie" Top Australian six-day man, Scott McGrory. Time for some fun: Germany's Gerd Dörich goes hands-free at the top of the track.
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Gerd Dörich leads the riders in a Mexican wave. No, honestly, the riders all adore taking their hands off for a full lap right at the top of the banking! "No guys, I told you we're going to ride to every corner of the track!" Gerd Dörich leads the way. Gerd Dörich leads the enthusiastic Ghent crowd in a Mexican wave. Franco Marvulli collects a prize for winning an event during the 2003 Ghent Six. The chap on his right doesn't seem too sure about Franco's hand on his shoulder, though! Off to the office: Rob Slippens and Danny Stam get ready for work.
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Robert Sassone (France)  throws Scott McGrory (Aus) into the race. Kurt Betschart gives Bruno Risi a good hard handsling. Jimmi Madsen takes a handsling from Mr Teutenberg. Hayles and Nothstein show how tall riders do a handsling. Matt Gilmore in action
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Matt Gilmore hands over to Brad Wiggins. Robert Sassone hands over to Scott McGrory. Sassone is one of the revelations of the 2003-2004 six-day season. Concentration on Gerd Dörich's face as Dmitri de Fauw slings him in. Bradley Wiggins at full speed. Rob Hayles gives Marty Nothstein a handsling during the final Madison in Ghent.
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Rob Slippens and Danny Stam during the final madison Matt Gilmore and ... Rob Slippens? Danny Stam? Going head to head for points in the final madison. "But daddy, don't they ever fall off?" Back view: Franco Marvulli of Switzerland throws Alex Aeschbach into the final madison of the Ghent Six Robert Sassone waits for partner Scott McGrory to give him a handsling.
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Bradley Wiggins' spare bike acts as a frame for this Ghent Six photo. Third place for Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart, but they seem happy enough! Robert Slippens and Danny Stam look shell-shocked after a frenetic final madison saw them take second place overall in the 2003 Ghent Six. Matt Gilmore showers the photographers in champagne Brad Wiggins joins in!
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Gilmore and Wiggins looking happy on the top step of the podium. This was Bradley Wiggins' first six-day victory.     Matthew Gilmore and Bradley Wiggins, winners of the 2003 Ghent Six, on their victory lap. Matt Gilmore takes time to give press interviews after the victory ceremony.