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German riders star at Phynova Six Day London as attention turns to Berlin

30 October 2019

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The British riders elicited the loudest roars but the performance of the German contingent must not slip under the radar at what was a scintillating Phynova Six Day London.

Germanic efficiency was conspicuous throughout the event, with Madison world champion Theo Reinhardt and his partner Max Beyer finishing fourth in the general classification after a series of consistent rides on the London boards.

But it was sprinter showman Max Levy who was the main protagonist dazzling the Lee Valley VeloPark crowds, smashing not one but two Phynova Six Day London records as he cruised to searing laps of 9.871 and 9.817 seconds in the 200m Flying Time Trial on days three and four.

And with Six Day Berlin rapidly approaching in January, the German riders come out of the London bonanza with plenty of momentum and well-placed to thrive further on home soil.

“With my three sub-ten second times I think I deserved to defend my crown,” said speedster Levy, 32.

“Everything went pretty smoothly, apart from when we hit the deck pretty hard, but we are Germans and we stand our way!

“It’s been super successful to do two track records – it’s something you can’t really expect before and I’ve done it twice now.

“It’s typically human to do something and then people ask you to do it even better again, but I will see if I can beat another record in the future.”

Levy stormed to the Phynova Six Day London record twice in two nights, also becoming the first man to win ten Six Day races in a single event and beating Joachim Eilers’ three-year record of nine.

And his efforts largely overshadowed those of compatriots Reinhardt and Beyer, as his sprinting brilliance lit up East London and stunned an adoring horde of fans.

But the German duo’s efforts in the Elite Men category must not be neglected, delivering consistently across the six days and triumphing in three events to finish 81 points short of the majestic Elia Viviani and Simone Consonni.

“The crowd was amazing and the UK is a cycling nation,” said Reinhardt, who scooped Madison Chase glory on a thrilling Friday night.

“When you come to London you can really feel the crowd is intelligent and understands what happens.

“But Berlin is the next Six Day – it’s my home town so there will be a crowd behind me, so I’m looking forward to it and after I won the last edition, we of course want to go for another win.”

Elsewhere among the Germans, 20-year-old Lea Lin Teutenberg showed signs of precocious promise in the Zwift race but it was in the sprinters category where the nationality really caught the eye.

While it was Levy who took the headlines, Robert Forstemann finished third in the GC after a string of explosive rides and two victories in Friday’s and Sunday’s keirin.

And as he too looks forward to Berlin, he couldn’t help but acknowledge the impact of what was a consistently thunderous London crowd.

“It was a special feeling to win the keirin, especially here in London – the spectators and atmosphere make coming here so special,” said ‘Quadzilla’, 33.

Robert Forstemann enjoys a well-earned rest at Phynova Six Day London
Photo: Eloise Mavian / Tornanti.cc

“There are so many world-class cyclists on the track, so there are many different things that make it so special and it’s been a really great feeling for me that’s motivated me a lot.”

After a brilliant week for the German contingent attention now shifts to Berlin, where a partisan home crowd will descend on the capital for six further days of thrilling action.

And, if the home favourites perform anywhere near their London levels, we can safely assume the crowd will be in for yet another Six Day Cycling treat.

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