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Hester and Morkov lead Danish dominance

26 January 2019

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Marc Hester and Jesper Morkov produced a special effort in the Madison to wrestle top spot from Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt on a day of Danish dominance in Berlin.

Hester and Morkov finished with a sling and a flourish to win the mammoth 45-minute pairs chase and move onto 161 points atop the summit of the Six Day Berlin rankings on Day 2.

Compatriots Julie Leth and Trine Schmidt we’re dominant in the women’s competition as they stretched their one-two lead over the rest of the field, while Max Levy was once again the man to beat in the sprints.

‘WE JUST WENT FLAT OUT’

Despite tactics playing a part, Morkov admitted their lung-busting Madison exploits were mostly down to finding a sweet spot and gunning it when it mattered.

“45 minutes is not a short race,” said Morkov.

“But Marc found a good spot, we just went flat out and crossed our fingers that it was enough!”

Hester added: “You need to be mentally on top, the moment you take a break mentally is also the moment the legs stop working.

“But we try and keep the spirit up of each other and see how far it can take us.

Earlier, British star Andy Tennant timed his finish superbly to triumph in the first 40-lap derny of the evening, Kluge oozing class en route to victory in the second and fellow German Sebastian Schmiedel won the points race.

SCHMIDT AND LETH A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

Trine Schmidt and Julie Leth increased their grip on the women’s competition with another ruthless display.

After yesterday’s individual omnium, the pair dovetailed superbly to seal a comfortable win in the team elimination and thoroughly dominating the Madison.

They remain first and second in the overall rankings on 190 and 182 respectively, with French rider Pascale Jeuland the closest athlete to dethroning the Scandinavians on 150.

Schmidt said: “It was fun and really, really hard! But we do what we can to practice out Madison skills and this was perfect and a really, good experience.”

Leth added: “We didn’t know what to expect – it’s always hard in the Madison. Of course we wanted to win but we also wanted to time our sprints, communicate in the changes and it’s valuable experience. We’re super happy to win.”

LEVY AND GERMANY ON SONG

It was a first for Six Day Berlin with a German trio set to take on the three Russians in a team sprint event.

However, with Robert Foerstemann’s late withdrawal from the competition through injury, it was left to Francois Pervis – honorary German ‘Frank’ for the evening – to be the third man after Levy and Anton Hoehne.

And it was a titanic battle to the last as the home riders edged out Shane Perkins, Denis Dmitriev and Nikita Shurshin to glory.

Levy had earlier sealed top spot in the individual sprints with another rapid display, which keeps him clear in the overnight standings and on course for another Six Day Berlin title.

And the German crowd were on their feet late into the night as Hoehne found an extra gear to seal the keirin crown.

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