Australian Luke Roberts has dropped to 11th place in the Amsterdam Six Day Bike Race.
Yoeri Havik and Nick Stöpler became the new leaders after day three. The favourites kept a close eye on each other in tonight’s final Madison, but the youngsters still managed to break free in the final part of the race.
Together with Pim Ligthart/Marcel Kalz and Robert Bartko/Barry Markus they lapped the rest of the field. Ligthart and Kalz took the win, but their second place brought Havik and Stöpler the overall lead. “It was very hard”, puffed Havik right after the victory lap. “We gave everything we had. When we took a lap, we had to chase again right away.” The third day was a good day for Havik and Stöpler but the Dutchmen keep the champagne in the fridge. “We’ll eat as much as we can and then we’ll go to bed immediately”, said Stöpler. Leif Lampater and Raymond Kreder lost the lead on Wednesday. The German-Dutch couple triumphed in the elimination race but couldn’t keep up with the best duo’s in the final Madison. They are now second overall. Standing ovation The Belgian duo De Ketele/Van Hoecke clearly had plans going into the third night. They opened a barrage of attacks during the final Madison. De Ketele also entertained the crowd during the second derny ride. The Deelen Verswaren rider was at the back of the field for a long time, but decided to accelerate during the final part of the race. In ultimate fashion he caught up with Barry Markus and Pim Ligthart. In the last 200 metres he overtook the two, which provided him the win a standing ovation by the Amsterdam crowd. Sprinters Hugo Haak had set his sights on the Masters Keirin on Wednesday. He lost narrowly to Bart Hommes, but now, thanks to his second place, shares the overall lead with Teun Mulder. Both men have seven points. Bart Hommes and Nils van ‘t Hoenderdaal are third with a total of eleven. Haak lost his lead in the Sprint Masters because of his efforts in the Keirin Masters. After a sixth place in the sprint final, he dropped to the second place, which he shares with van 't Hoenderdaal and Hoogland. Matthias Büchli won the Sprint Masters and will start day four in the lead.
General classification after day 3:
Stöpler Nick - Havik Yoeri
Lampater Leif - Kreder Raymond
Ligthart Pim - Kalz Marcel
De Ketele Kenny - Van Hoeke Gijs
Marguet Tristan - Hester Marc
Mouris Jens - Stroetinga Wim
Markus Barry - Bartko Robert
Hochmann Jiri - Hacecky Vojtech
Boskamp Melvin - Asselman Jesper
Kreder Wesley - Hoffmann Nolan
Gate Aaron - Roberts, Luke
Caspers Didier - Van Zijl Melvin
East Guy - Holloway Daniel
Live stream You can follow the Amsterdam Six Day 2013 via the livestream at www.sixdayracing.com, from 19:20cet with English commentary by Carlton Kirby and former world champion Tony Doyle. Eurosport commentator Martijn Berkhout and Vacansoleil-DCM Sports Director Michel Cornelisse are responsible for the Dutch commentary.
The Amsterdam Six Day ends on Saturday 26 October 2013.
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Luke Roberts (AUS) remains in 10th place after two days of racing in Amsterdam.
Leif Lampater and Raymond Kreder was the most attentive couple during the final Madison of day two of Amsterdam six-day. Thanks to a sharp race the German-Dutch duo rose to the top position this evening. The two riders have a one-lap advantage over the rest of the field heading into tomorrow.
“We actually only wanted to stay in the same lap as the competition, but in the final we were able to take an additional one,” said Kreder. “In the end, we started to get tired but we managed to hold on. Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hoecke are very strong but we now have an advantage that we can defend.” Lampater and Kreder was the only couple who was able to sneak along with Marcel Kalz and Pim Ligthart in the final of the second Madison. The latter duo moved clear for the victory while also helping their German and Dutch colleagues to take lead. The two riders were rewarded for their attacking spirit on the Amsterdam woodwork with the sprint win. Lap loss Kalz and Ligthart tried to make up for their lap loss on the opening day during the first Madison. Initially, it looked like if they’d actually go free but the high-paced peloton reeled them in. Lampater and Kreder took the plunge a few laps later but couldn’t keep up their efforts until the line. They went to Melvin Boskamp and Jesper Asselman, who had gathered enough points along the way to begin day-two in the best possible way. Marguet and Hester Tristan Marguet and Marc Hester couldn’t improve their time trial. During the opening day they got the crowd roaring thanks to a 21:528. Today, they still managed to win with 21:684 but they couldn’t close in on Jimi Madsen’s and Marthy Northstein’s track record of 21:490. The Swiss-Danish duo still has four days to re-write the Amsterdam history books. The sprinters Hugo Haak is leading the Sprint Masters GC after day two. With four points, he has a one-point advantage over Jeffrey Hoogland, who’s second. Teun Mulder is the new leader in the Keirin Masters. The winner of Olympic bronze at the 2012 London Games won and took over the top spot from Matthijs Büchli in the Keirin.
General classification after day 2:
Australian Luke Roberts is currently 10th after the first day of racing at the Amsterdam Six Day bike race.
Gijs Van Hoecke and Kenny De Ketele took the early lead in day one of the Amsterdam Six-day. On the track where they made their six-day debut last year, the two Belgians - the 2012 madison world champions - clinched the lead in the final madison over 45 minutes.
They hold a one-point lead over Yoeri Havik and Nick Stöpler.
“We were always one step ahead of the competition. Therefore, they had to attack and we were able to defend. Sometimes that’s a really nice position to be in,” De Ketele said. “Now that we are in the lead, that puts us under a little pressure but hopefully we can keep up this form for the next five days.”
Van Hoecke started the first day with confidence. “After our third place at the European Championships in Apeldoorn last weekend, we knew our legs were good.”
Havik and Stöpler Youngsters Yoeri Havik and Nick Stöpler immediately showed that they came to Amsterdam with high hopes. They won the 90-lap Madison early in the evening. When the final Madison started they were still in the lead, but Van Hoecke and De Ketele ultimately proved to be just a little bit stronger.
Marguet’s time trial One of the highlights of the evening was the two-lap time trial by Tristan Marguet and Marc Hester. The Swiss/Danish duo recorded a time of 21.528 seconds and was considerably faster than the competition. Jens Mouris and Wim Stroetinga finished second at nearly seven-tenths of a second. Marguet is known for his fast legs and holds several track records around the globe, which indicates he could improve as the races continues.
Sprint Masters Hugo Hook is leading the Sprint Masters after day one. Olympic bronze medal winner Teun Mulder sits overall. Matthijs Büchli won the Keirin, a separate event of the sprint event. General classification after day 1:
Live stream You can follow the Amsterdam Six Day 2013 via the livestream at www.sixdayracing.com, from 19:00cet. English commentary by Carlton Kirby and former world champion Tony Doyle is available from 19:20cet. Eurosport commentator Martijn Berkhout and Vacansoleil-DCM Sports Director Michel Cornelisse are responsible for the Dutch broadcast and is available from 20:15cet.
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The BMC Racing Team presented its 2014 rider roster and management team Friday at the new Velodrome Suisse, not far from BMC Switzerland's headquarters in Grenchen, Switzerland.
Twenty-two riders return from the 2013 squad that won 30 races, including a stage of the Vuelta a España, four stage races overall and seven team classifications.
Included on the roster are four past world road champions: Alessandro Ballan (Italy), Cadel Evans (Australia), Philippe Gilbert (Belgium) and Thor Hushovd (Norway), plus two reigning national road champions, Michael Schär (Switzerland) and Hushovd, and one national time trial champion, Peter Velits (Slovakia). Greg Van Avermaet, the team's top rider in the individual WorldTour rankings, also returns.
Six riders are new for 2014: Darwin Atapuma (Colombia), Silvan Dillier (Switzerland), Ben Hermans (Belgium), Peter Stetina (United States), Velits (Slovakia) and Rick Zabel (Germany). Hermans was not present at the presentation due to prior racing commitments. Five Goals For 2014 Sporting Manager Allan Peiper, who will lead the team's five sport directors as well as oversee the new Sports Science Division, said he has five objectives for the BMC Racing Team for 2014. "This team won 21 races and the world championship last year and we won 30 races this year in what we call an unsuccessful year," Peiper said. "So next year, it would be great and it would be successful if we could have 40 wins, win a one-day classic, a grand tour, the world championship team time trial and retain our place again in the top three of the UCI teams." Returning sport directors Fabio Baldato, Yvon Ledanois, Max Sciandri and Jackson Stewart will be joined by newcomer Valerio Piva. Continued Growth And Development BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said he has marveled at the considerable growth of the program since the team's inception in 2006. "We've won a Tour de France title, a world championship and many other races," he said. "We have grown each year, we have developed each year, and we continue to grow and develop. I'm excited about 2014. We have lofty goals – we need those – but we have a very capable group of riders. All of us together, sport directors, riders and staff will meet those goals and show the peloton again what we are all about. I know a lot of the other teams are very competitive and we need competition. We enjoy it. So we're looking forward to a really strong season in 2014." Listen to individual interviews with Evans, Gilbert and Van Avermaet (English and Dutch) on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line: http://bit.ly/Vg94Oh 2014 BMC Racing Team Roster: Darwin Atapuma (COL), Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Steve Cummings (GBR), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Yannick Eijssen (BEL), Cadel Evans (AUS), Philippe Gilbert, Ben Hermans (BEL), Thor Hushovd (NOR), Martin Kohler (SUI), Sebastian Lander (DEN), Klaas Lodewyck (BEL), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Steve Morabito (SUI), Dominik Nerz (GER), Daniel Oss (ITA), Taylor Phinney (USA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Peter Stetina (USA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Tejay van Garderen (USA), Peter Velits (SVK), Larry Warbasse (USA), Danilo Wyss (SUI), Rick Zabel (GER).
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Cycling Australia is pleased to announce selections for the opening round of the 2013/14 UCI Track World Cup series to be held at the British National Cycling Centre in Manchester from November 1-3.
17 riders have been selected across two teams - the Australian National (14 - sprint and endurance) and Jayco-AIS (3 - sprint) - providing Australia a greater opportunity to secure important UCI qualification points.
The team is headlined by six of Australia’s 2012 London Olympians including gold medallist Anna Meares (Jayco-AIS) and bronze medallists Shane Perkins (Jayco-AIS), Annette Edmondson (National Team) and Kaarle McCulloch (National Team).
Joining Perkins in the men’s sprint events will be fellow Olympian Matthew Glaetzer (National Team), dual 2013 national champion Mitchell Bullen (National Team), plus 2008 Beijing Olympian Daniel Ellis (National Team) who makes his return to international track cycling after several years off the bike.
Reigning team pursuit world champion Alexander Edmondson (National Team), triple reigning national champion Stephanie Morton (National team) and 2013 team pursuit junior world champion Joshua Harrison (National Team) have also been named.
Australian National Team
Mitchell Bullen (NSW)
Luke Davison (SA)
Alexander Edmondson (SA)
Daniel Ellis (ACT)
Matthew Glaetzer (SA)
Joshua Harrison (SA)
Mitchell Mulhern (QLD)
Miles Scotson (SA)
Georgia Baker (WA)
Annette Edmondson (SA)
Kaarle McCulloch (NSW)
Stephanie Morton (SA)
Rebecca Wiasak (ACT)
Elissa Wundersitz (WA)
Peter Lewis (NSW)
Shane Perkins (VIC)
Anna Meares (SA)
About the UCI Track World Cup
The 2013/14 UCI Track World Cup series features the world's best track cyclists competing across three rounds for points towards World Championships and Olympic Games qualification.
Manchester will host the first round of the 2013-14 series, followed by Aguascalientes (Mexico) with the third and final round to be confirmed shortly.
The 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships will be held in Cali (Colombia) in February.
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