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42nd Six Days of Bremen - 6D

Bremen, Germany, January 12-17, 2006

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Day 1 - January 12


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Images by Paul J. Wright/www.pjwphotos.co.uk

  • British flag but no riders from GB this year. There was a British pairing due to ride in the Under 23's section, but they didn't start.
  • 190m Track with the VIP boxes and 9 bars in the track centre, shortly before the doors were opened and the hall filled up with spectators.
  • Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart 'sign on' in front of the German media before the ceremonial start of the first night of the event.
  • All the presentations made and VIPs introduced, the riders prepare for the start of the main event.
  • The Six-Day is under way and riders start to pick up speed before the first points of the session (every 10 laps) but with a short track the action was almost continuous while the riders were on the track.
  • Bruno Risi, Jimmi Madsen, Iijo Keisse and Andreas Kappes pick up the pace in the early laps of the first night's racing.
  • A real favourite with the partisan crowd was Erik Zabel.
  • Marc Hester slings Jimmi Madsen into the fray. Watching these hand-slings at around thirty miles an hours was great.
  • Marco Villa relays Erik Zabel into the action behind Iijo Keisse as the pace hots up for the next sprint.
  • Eventual overall winners of the event, Robert Slippens throws Danny Stam into the action as the pair stir things up on the first night.
  • Andreas Muller throws Erik Weißpfennig into the action as the pace remains high on the opening event of the night.
  • First (and only?) casualty of the event was Bruno Risi. He and his partner Kurt Betschart crashed during the first evening's session resulting in a possible broken collar bone for Risi. Here he is attended to at the track side by the medical team.
  • Crowd favourites Erik Zabel and team mate Marco Villa do a lap of honour after taking victory in on of the early intermediate events within the six-day.
  • Guido Fulst winds up the pace for his team mate Leif Lampater as the pair 'go for a time' in the 500m Time Trial.
  • Andreas Kappes picks up the pace for team mate Franco Marvulli as the pair wind it up in the 500m Time Trial..
  • Next up were the crowd favourites, Erik Zabel and Marco Villa. Here Villa sets the pace for Zabel as the pair put in their effort for the 500m Time Trial.

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Standings after night 1

1 Guido Fulst/Leif Lampater (Ger)                 67 pts
2 Robert Slippens/Danny Stam (Ned)                55
3 Andreas Beikirch/Robert Bartko (Ger)            46

1 lap behind

4 Andreas Kappes (Ger)/Franco Marvulli (Swi)      79
5 Erik Zabel (Ger)/Marco Villa (Ita)              64
6 Matthew Gilmore/Iljo Keisse (Bel)               50
7 Jimmi Madsen/Marc Hester (Den)                  19

2 laps behind

8 Robert Bengsch (Ger)/Alexander Aeschbach (Swi)  35
9 Christian Grasmann/Lars Teutenberg (Ger)        18
10 Gerd Dörich/Frank Kowatschitsch (Ger)          14
11 Erik Weispfennig/Andreas Müller (Ger)          12

7 laps behind

12 Bruno Risi/Kurt Betschart (Swi)                12

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