Berlin, Tuesday 27 / 01 / 09:
Fat Nick had an absolutely cracking night at the Berlin Six yesterday. Good bike racing, good beer, German sausages, and good company. And thank you to Jessica for introducing me to rum and cola at the track!
There was plenty of bike racing action, with Erik Zabel back on form. I even saw Robert Bartko, supposedly a pursuiter, win a sprint in a very impressive manner.
It was also a night for goodbyes: Bruno Walrave was given a warm send-off by the Berlin crowd after 50 years as a motor pacer. And Erik Zabel was given a very big send-off, with fond speeches by many German dignitaries, and warm wishes from the other riders. He even got a big bear hug from Bruno Risi.
By the end of Monday night, the Danish pairing of Rasmussen and Morkov were leading, with some impressive attacking riding from these young riders. It is super to see young talent emerging in the six-day world. But Zabel / Bartko are in second place, with Risi / Marvulli also right up there, and these two strong, six-day winning teams are a real danger to the Danes, who themselves tasted victory this season at the Grenoble Six. Full praise also to Roger Kluge and Kenny de Ketele, who have really upped their game to stay on the pace with the established top dogs.
It promises to be an exciting finale!
1 Rasmussen, Alex / Mörköv, Michael DEMAG Cranes 230 points
2 Zabel, Erik / Bartko, Robert Axel Lange - Generali 206
3 Kluge, Roger / De Ketele, Kenny Techem 202
4 Risi, Bruno / Marvulli, Franco Berlin Recycling 200
2 laps behind:
5 Stam, Danny / Schep, Peter KIA 127
3 laps behind:
6 Bengsch, Robert / Kalz, Marcel Meiko 196
4 laps behind:
7 Roberts, Luke / Lampater, Leif POT Marketing 129
8 Lademann, Christian / Aeschbach, Alexander Wolfram Bürokomm. 982
11 laps behind:
9 Müller, Andreas / Siedler, Sebastian Dürkop 60
10 Hester, Marc / Madsen, Jens-Erik LC Weissensee 59
12 laps behind:
11 Ciccone, Angelo / Mohs, Erik Schultheiss 31
14 laps behind:
12 Grasmann, Christian / Thömel, Tino Bloch Catering 77
13 König, Karl-Christian / Barth, Marcel Oßwald Fahrzeugtechnik 57
15 laps behind:
14 Bommel, Henning / Schaar, Fabian Berliner Rundfunk 74
16 laps behind:
15 Musiol, Daniel / Frey, Sebastian SUR 76
21 laps behind:
16 Kadlec, Milan / Zabka, Josef Zeilinga 32
17 Ratajczyk, Rafal / Lazar, Petr Holiday Inn 32
22 laps behind:
18 Graf, Andreas / Matzka, Ralf BASE e-plus 36
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