Six Days of Grenoble & Dortmund

France & Germany, Oct. 28 - Nov. 1, 1999

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Night 4 - October 31

Six days of Grenoble

The Grenoble six days still dramatic

Three pairs are on the same lap with four days completed in Grenoble. Italians Baffi and Collinelli are still in the lead on points, but lost half of their points lead on the fourth night to the Danish pair Piil and Sandst°d. The Spaniards Llaneras and Alzamora that had a one lap' advantage after three nights are now on par with the other two - they have gained six points on the Italians but are still 32 behind. Count on a lap gaining attack from the Spaniards while the Danes might go for points, or are the Italians just saving themselves a bit for the last chases?

Belgian pair Corvers and Lapage are now two laps down. They may gain one by passing two hundred points but are so low on points, compared to the leaders. They are one lap ahead of surprising French team Sassonne and Teissier who have more points.

Results after 4 nights:

1 Adriano Baffi (Ita) - Andrea Collinelli (Ita)         237 pts
2 Jakob Piil (Den) - Michael Sandst°d (Den)             221
3 Juan Llaneras (Spa) - Miguel Alzamora (Spa)           205

Two laps behind:
4 Frank Corvers (Bel)- Lorenzo Lapage (Bel)             187

Three laps behind:
5 Robert Sassone (Fra) - Jean-Michel Teissier (Fra)     190

Four laps behind:
6 Jens Lehmann (Ger) - Tayeb Braikia (Den)              163

Five laps behind:
7 Andy Flickinger (Fra) - JÚr˘me Neuville (Fra)         182
8 Jean Michel Monin (Fra) - Carlos Da Cruz (Fra)        111

Six laps behind:
9 Robert Hayles (Gbr) - Franco Marvuli (SUI)            124

Twenty one laps behind:
10 Lazlo Bodrogi (Hun) - Jean-Louis Bourgon (Fra)       119

Thirty laps behind:
11 Jacky Durand (Fra) - Pascal Chanteur (Fra)           110

Thirty two laps behind:
12 Laurent Genty (Fra) - Francis Moreau (Fra)           91
Sprint competition

Florian Rosseau set a new track record on the flying lap (219.526 meters) on Sunday night. New record: 11,129 seconds at 68.238 kph. Jens Fiedler won the match sprint but the World Champion still leads with 28 points, while Fiedler and Rossau both have 24. FÚlicia Ballanger still unbeatable in the women's sprint.

58th Six days of Dortmund

Risi and Betschart come back

In Dortmund Madsen and Beikirch took the 40 minutes chase for the Volkswagen prize and they lead that special competiton ahead of Martinello and Aldag. In the later-held hour chase, Martinello and Aldag won ahead of Kappes and Pollack with Risi and Betschart following in the same lap as the winners.

When the day's work was done Martinello and Aldag were on the same lap as Risi and Betschart but a good 40 points ahead. The Swiss pair will have to gain a lap to win, but they have done that before. The three other top pairs are all two laps behind, and that is usually too much to catch up.

A negative surprise is Gilmore and de Wilde, 1998 World Champions, eleven laps behind, due to Gilmore's stomach problems in the beginning. Now he is all right again but it's too late. An even worse fate has fallen upon Spanish reigning World Champion Isaac Galvez who's partner Capilla Gonzalez simply isn't good enough for racing at this level. 47 laps behind: behind is no place for a World Champion. Galvez has all the reason in the world to look forward to Munich where he will ride with his fellow gold medallist Juan Llaneras.

Standings after four nights:

1 Silvio Martinello (Ita) - Rolf Aldag (Ger)  		272 points
2 Bruno Risi (Swi) - Kurt Betschart (Swi) 		232

Two laps behind:
3 Robert Bartko (Ger) - Scott McGrory (Aus) 		267
4 Jimmi Madsen (Den) - Andreas Beikirch (Ger) 		258
5 Andreas Kappes (Ger) - Olaf Pollack (Ger) 		163

Seven laps behind:
6 Christian Lademann (Ger) - Stefan Steinweg (Ger)  	155

Eleven laps behind:
7 Matthew Gilmore (Bel) - Etienne Dewilde (Bel)  	79 

Twelve laps behind:
8 Lars Teutenberg (Ger) - Christian Weber (Swi)  	107

Sixteen laps behind:
9 Marco Villa (Ita) - Ronny Lauke (Ger)  		45 
10 Juan Curuchet (Arg) - Gabriel Curuchet (Arg)  	31 

Eighteen laps behind:
11 Frank Kowatschitsch (Ger) - Erik Weispfennig (Ger)  	93 

Nineteen laps behind:
12 Gerd D÷rich (Ger) - Mario Vonhof (Ger)  		72 

Twenty seven laps behind:
13 Alexander (Ukr) Fedenko - Vasyl Yakovlev (Ukr)  	31 

Forty seven laps behind:
14 Isaac Galvez (Spa) - Capilla Gonzalez (Spa)  	35 

Stayers competition

While Grenoble offers the sprinters as "fillers" (well, maybe a little more than that!), Dortmund takes to the stayers for some variation in the entertainment. After nine contests behind the big motorcycles, German World Champion Carsten Podlesch are even with Swiss Hans-Kurt Brand on 45 points/

In an interview for the German site Radsport Erik Weispfennig tells a little about the working day of the six days rider. Here's the normal schedule:

12:00 Rising and breakfast
13:00 Massage
14:00 A walk or a little rolling on the track.
16:00 Lunch followed by rest.
19:00 Into the hall, a cup of coffee and some preparations for the evening with the team mate and then racing.
1:00 Racing over, back to the hotel, a meal, a chat with the others, maybe a beer, and then to bed.