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Kluge and Reinhardt unleash perfect Six Day Berlin finale as Levy makes it eight

30 January 2019

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Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt brought the partisan German crowd to their feet after a spectacular final Madison chase saw them crowned Six Day Berlin champions.

The home favourites had work to do as they entered the 60-minute extravaganza, sitting amidst a tight tussle at the top that featured five pairings within striking distance of each other.

But the two delivered and then some, a trademark Kluge burst making the difference as he and Reinhardt were afforded the chance to celebrate in style in the closing two laps.

Their late dominance was intensified by being the only team to finish on the optimum lap score, with 470 points also to their name after a stunning six days of action.

That cause was certainly aided by their Madison TT victory, with no pairs able to better the time the world champions set on the penultimate day of action.

“We saved everything we had in the sprints, then went all out in the laps,” explained Kluge.

“We saw the teams tire and it was good in the end.”

Reinhardt added: “We both suffered a lot, I did a bit more on the last day but we worked well together, we understood everything in the race and we found the perfect moment to get this amazing feeling.”

Such was the tight nature of proceedings, as many as five pairs were still in contention on the closing day – with many in fact leading at different stages across the night.

Beginning at the head of the field was defending champion Wim Stroetinga and his Belgian partner Robbe Ghys, though the European dream team were scuppered in their bid for the trackboard trophy.

Instead Andreas Graf and Andreas Muller continued where they left off from day five, making it back-to-back Madison wins after taking the night’s opening spoils.

Then came confirmation of Kluge and Reinhardt’s Madison TT victory, confirming a perfect four from four podiums on day five on the Velodrom.

But it was Jesper Morkov and Marc Hester who were next to celebrate as they bagged derny success in the thrilling 60-lap extravaganza.

That kept them firmly in contention – and they would even take the lead during the Madison chase – but it was Stroetinga and Ghys who begun the race on top thanks to their team elimination victory.

But nobody could stop the German sensations from bagging glory on home boards, Kluge and Reinhardt expressing their emotion in the final two laps to top off an extraordinary week of racing.

The German success was not done there however, with Maximilian Levy maintaining his scintillating Berlin history with an eighth overall title in the sprint competition.

The home hero had not had the best of days on Monday as he missed out on top spot across the three races.

But he made up for that in style in the final, bagging victory in the sprint finals before clinching top spot by a staggering 40 points.

Denis Dmitriev was the second best sprinter in the competition while Shane Perkins rounded off his week in style, adding the keirin win to his previous time trial and sprint successes on the previous night.

But the sprinters’ week belonged to Levy, becoming the first sprinter in the history of the Six Day Series to achieve 100 podium finishes.

His Six Day Berlin record is also second to none, with his 51 races a tally matched by no other, while his 12.295 second flying lap is the second across all events in the Tempodrom.

“My eyes were open throughout the tournament so I don’t worry about that,” said Levy after being covered in champagne by his fellow sprinters after racing.

“It’s an awesome feeling, it’s the eighth one, when I first started to race here I never thought I could win it this many times. Eight is just incredible.”

The curtain is now firmly down on a staggering Six Day Berlin, with Trine Schmidt also celebrating with her victory in the women’s competition which ended on day three.

Now, shall we do it all again in Copenhagen?

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