Berlin, January 28, 2023: The 110th Berlin Sixday Race is underway. For the first time since 2020, it’s all happening again on the cult track on Landsberger Allee. Already at the start on Friday evening, the more than 200 athletes – including Olympic champions, world and European champions, many national title holders* and talents for the future – showed top-class track cycling. “This was a great first day with great sport. Our expectations have been fulfilled, the work of the past weeks and months has paid off. I am looking forward to Saturday and Sunday,” said Valts Miltovics, Managing Director of the Berlin Six-Day Race GmbH.

In sporting terms, Yoeri Havik and Vincent Hoppezak have taken the lead after the first night at the 110th Berlin Six-Day Race. The Dutchmen lead with 42 points ahead of local heroes Roger Kluge/Theo Reinhardt (40 points) and the second German duo with Tim Torn Teutenberg/Moritz Malcharek (22). Only these three teams are still in a round. The Dutch duo led by points leader Havik benefited in their lead mainly from their strong performances in the derny race and the elimination race, which they both won. In the first big chase over 100 laps, the favored Kluge/Reinhardt countered. The two-time world champions and 2019 Berlin winners prevailed thanks to a strong finish by Reinhardt to cut the deficit.

In the women’s event, the favored team of Franziska Brauße and Lea Lin Teutenberg is in third place after the first day. “I was still in training camp until recently. The races were a shock to my body system and hurt,” Brauße said. The Germans have 19 points and are tied with the two leading teams. The Dutch Marit Raaijmakers/Mylene de Zoete (48 points) are in the lead ahead of the Czech Petra Sevcikova/Katerina Kohoutkova (34).

In the men’s sprint Stefan Bötticher from Chemnitz is leading after the first day. The former World Champion prevailed in the final against Maximilian Dörnbach from Cottbus, who had previously won the flying lap in 12.347 seconds. Bötticher leads with 50 points ahead of Dörnbach (45) and the Dutch Olympic champion Roy van den Berg (42).

In the women’s sprint Lea Sophie Friedrich is leading after the first day. The seven-time World Champion from Cottbus set the fastest time of the evening in the flying lap in 13.535 seconds and beat six-time World Champion Emma Hinze from Cottbus in the final. Two weeks before the European Championships in Grenchen, the two German showpiece sprinters already showed good form.