Danes dazzle on penultimate day of Six Day Copenhagen
05 February 2019
It was Danish delight at Six Day Copenhagen as a host of home favourites dazzled under the lights.
The penultimate day of racing in the Danish capital saw the host nation dominate the podium in unexpected fashion, with Raymond and Michel Kreder taking a shock victory in a marathon 75km Madison, and the general classification lead remaining in the hands of Danes Oliver Wuulf Frederiksen and Michael Morkov.
Crashes involving Wim Stroetinga and Jesper Morkov disrupted an enthralling 75km Madison but the two Kreder brothers kept their composure, surviving a late assault from Yoeri Havik to take the full 20-point haul.
Michel Kreder said: “It was a hard-earned victory. From the first day we were really bad and we lost a lot of laps
“Marc Hester told us to go for it tonight and we followed his advice, this happened so we’re really happy.”
Raymond Kreder said: “It was a tough one.
“In the end we had only one or two riders to follow. We saved our energy for the handicap and it worked out really well for us.
It could scarcely have been a better night for the home fans with Wuulf Frederiksen and Morkov also solidifying their advantage at the top of the men’s standings.
The pair are out in front on 247 going into the final night of racing, but three teams are on their tail and locked on the same laps after five days of competition.
Day Two and Three leaders Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw remain in hot pursuit, the Belgians proving their pedigree with victory in the 60-lap Derny.
Havik, teamed up with Christian Grasmann after the loss of partner Stroetinga to injury, remains in contention after claiming victory in the Team Elimination while Theo Reinhardt and Marc Hester also looked incredibly sharp on Monday night.
Elsewhere Sebastian Schmeidel’s superb Six Day Copenhagen continued with victory in the elimination race, backing up his Giant Sprint success on Day One.
There was a photo finish to decide which of Hans Pirius and Bartosz Rudyk would be the final competitor to try to dislodge the German.
But Schmeidel reigned supreme, saying: “I knew it was a short race and you had to concentrate extremely hard.
“I think I caught them by surprise. The Polish guys were very fast but it went great, I’m very happy.”
The Giant Sprint had the Copenhagen crowd on their feet but when the Mexican waves died down, Anders Oddli and Sebastien Lander picked up the points.
The Norwegian, who also rode to glory in the Longest Lap on a brilliant personal night on the boards, said: “I always want to try and gain some points in every race.
“Sebastien led us out well and we were very pleased to get the win.”
But as Six Day Copenhagen draws to a close on Tuesday, all eyes will be on the top of the podium and whether Wulff Frederiksen and Morkov can seal the deal in front of an expectant home crowd.