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Hester and Morkov regain Six Day Berlin lead after dramatic fourth day

27 January 2019

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Marc Hester and Jesper Morkov stormed into the lead for the second time this week as the topsy-turvy Six Day Berlin continued its rollicking pace.

The Danish duo were ahead after the second day and they’ll head into the last two with advantage also – a day of unerring consistency taking them to top spot.

But the battle behind them could hardly be closer, with the teams currently sat from second to fourth separated by just one point after a weekend of high drama in the Velodrom.

Among them are Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt, with the overnight leaders surrendering their advantage to sit in fourth place heading into the penultimate day of action.

The day began with a frantic 30-minute Madison which had looked to be providing home success when Henning Bommel and Kersten Thiele stole the march in the final few laps.

But it was European duo Melvin Van Zijl and Jules Hesters who bagged the spoils, before Austrian Andreas Muller secured derny victory soon after.

That win perfectly celebrated his 100th race at Six Day Berlin, becoming the first men’s elite rider to achieve the feat, picking up his eighth win in the process and his first behind the derny.

First wins weren’t done there with Russian Sergey Rostovtsev notching his inaugural Six Day triumph after his efforts in the points race, before the day’s second derny race was won by Achim Burkart.

The home fans were eagerly awaiting a German win to celebrate and they duly got it, with Bommel and Thiele this time toasting first place in the team elimination.

But it was the Polish pair of Wojciech Pszczolarski and Daniel Staniszewski who took the final honours of the evening, crossing the line first in a pulsating Madison.

That was enough to take them to second in the standings but it’s the Danes who lead the way, not that they are thinking too far ahead with their home Six Day Copenhagen also on the horizon.

“It’s more of a pressure than a cushion,” said Hester. “We’re up against strong teams, five teams are in the front and it is anyone’s game.

“Maybe we have a bit of an upper-hand, but for now we keep on going like it’s a new day, every day.”

Morkov added: “We’re not yet thinking about Copenhagen. Marc and I want to go well in Berlin, we want to get the podium or even a podium if it’s possible in the last two days.

“We will give everything and then think about Copenhagen on Thursday, but not before.”

The men’s sprint competition also continued on its merry way with Denis Dmitriev revelling in a hat-trick of victories – despite taking a tumble in the sprint final against Max Levy.

First came the 250m flying TT, with the Russian finishing as the only man to stop the clock in under 13 seconds.

That saw him book a place in the final with Levy, dusting himself off after losing control of his front wheel to storm to the win.

But second place was nothing to be disappointed at for Levy, with the German registering his 100th podium finish across the Six Day Series.

He was to get his victory too, seemingly coming out of nowhere to storm to victory in the closing metres of the keirin and cementing his place at the top of the standings.

Dmitriev sits in second and had more to enjoy from his Sunday, as he, Shane Perkins and Nikita Shurshin prevailed over Levy’s Franco-German outfit in the team sprint to take the head-to-head to 2-1.

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