We’re nothing if not reliable! With little more than three weeks to go until Six Day Berlin kicks off, let’s take a look back at last year’s best bits.
And what better way to do that than with six of the best?!
Day 2 – Stroetinga beats de Pauw to Madison victory
After a cagey opening day, Wim Stroetinga and Yoeri Havik burst into life at the end of day two and laid the foundations for what was to be an historic week for them.
Going up against arguably the best Six Day duo in the world, the Dutchmen took on Moreno de Pauw and Kenny de Ketele at their own game – winning the Madison.
As day two drew to a close the pairs’ speedsters Stroetinga and de Pauw then went head-to-head in the closing Madison and it was the man in blue and white stripes that took the win.
Day 3 – German sprinting dominance
Just two weeks after breaking his collar bone, Max Levy was back doing his thing on his home track in front of his home fans as he went in search of a sixth overall sprinters victory at Six Day Berlin.
But something was holding him back, and after having the pins removed from his shoulder after day two, he returned to the track with renewed vigour.
On day three Levy set the fastest flying 200m time trial effort before beating compatriot Robert Foerstemann in the sprint final – and to top it off for the home fans, world champion Joachim Eilers chipped in with a keirin victory.
Day 4 – Hayter and Walls win U23 Talent Cup
A lap down heading into the final day of their competition, Ethan Hayter and Matt Walls had work to do if they were to go home with the U23 Talent Cup.
But do it they did, taking a lap on the field and racking up enough points to follow British wins for Grant Martin and Andy Brown in London and Joe Holt and Matt Bostock in Amsterdam with another in Berlin.
Day 5 – Archibald storms to points race win
First, second and third place finishes in day four’s racing had put Katie Archibald in pole position in the women’s omnium with just two days to go.
And she strengthened her grip on that position with a sterling points race victory to begin day five.
The Scot beat Canada’s Stephanie Roorda and Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen to the line, but despite the win Archibald was not in a strong enough position to seal the overall victory.
Day 5 – The showman gives the crowd what they want
On his third appearance at Six Day Berlin, American sprinter Nate Koch did what he does best by surprising the field for his sole keirin win of the week.
Followed by the now obligatory jersey rip and roar to the crowd, it seems the Berlin crowd love Nate almost as much as he loves them.
Day 6 – Dideriksen’s derny domination
The Dane went into the final day of the women’s omnium with a slender lead over Archibald but that was soon wiped out after the Scot won the elimination race first up.
And with the pair both having progressed to the night’s derny final it was to go down to the wire as to who would prevail.
But when Archibald failed to live with Dideriksen’s pace behind the derny, all that was left was for the Dane to race off into the distance and leave her opponent with too much to do in the closing points race.
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