Forstemann hoping to evoke past London success in Six Day campaign
07 September 2018
Robert Forstemann knows exactly what it takes to flourish at the Lee Valley Velodrome and the German is desperate to extend that success into Phynova Six Day London.
The German, famous for his huge thighs and nicknamed Quadzilla, will be competing at Phynova Six Day London for the very first time, but it will not be a step into the unknown.
It was in Stratford that Forstemann won an Olympic bronze medal in the team sprint back in 2012, while he has also enjoyed World Cup success on the track.
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So it’s little surprise that the 32-year-old is relishing the opportunity to return to the English capital in October.
He said: “For me, coming to London is always a really great feeling, always a great atmosphere at the Olympic Velodrome.
“It’s always great to have a track event or a cycling event in Great Britain. It’s much more special to have the Six Day event here I think it will be a really great feeling, great spectators, great crowd, so I am really happy to be here.
“In terms of my memories of London, I have really good memories, I won a World Cup here, I got a third-place finish also in a sprint here in the World Cup, and my biggest success the bronze medal in the Olympic Games in 2012.”
While Forstemann is a newcomer to Phynova Six Day London, he is well-acquainted with Six Day events in his native Germany.
A regular at Six Day Berlin, Forstemann will be looking to outdo compatriot and fellow Olympic bronze medallist Max Levy in London, where he believes a track record is possible.
He added: “I will do my best and try to do a track record here so let’s see what will happen.
“It’s maybe my first time in London [for Six Day] but I have done Six Day racing at Berlin ten times in my home town. I think it’s the biggest Six Day event we have so I’m excited to test what London can do.
“Six Day racing is not just a big sport, it’s also a big show. Lots of acts and DJs and great atmospheres, it’s a lot of fun, not so straight like World Cup or a World Championship. It’s really impressive to see so many people who like the sport and who are cheering and giving photographs but in another form.
“It’s really great I’m really happy that it’s my first time here. I hope to be back here also next year and let’s see I do my best and try to do a track record here so let’s see what will happen.”
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