Madison maestros Kluge and Reinhardt take world championship gold on final day in Apeldoorn
05 March 2018
If 2017 was a good year for Six Day riders, then the class of 2018 has raised the bar even higher as they eclipsed last year’s World Championship medal tally on a fabulous final day in the Netherlands.
Gold for Germany’s Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt in the Madison and a points race title for Kirsten Wild led the way on the final day as Six Day stars completed a booty haul of 11 golds, five silvers and eight bronzes over the five days in Apeldoorn – an improvement on 2017’s 17 medals.
Kluge and Reinhardt triumphed in a who’s who of the best Six Day endurance riders, finishing eight points ahead of Sebastian Mora Vedri and Albert Torres and 16 better than Six Day London champs Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson in silver and bronze.
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Six Day duos made up each of the top nine finishing teams with young British duo Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood finishing one point short of bronze having amassed points in 12 of 20 mid-race sprints.
Former Six Day Berlin podium finishers Andreas Muller and Andreas Graf were the early movers in Apeldoorn, taking the first lap before finishing fifth, one place ahead of Niklas Larsen and Casper von Folsach.
Defending champions Benjamin Thomas and Morgan Kneisky, reigning Six Day Series winners Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw, and Ireland’s Felix English and Mark Downey – all regulars on the Six Day circuit this winter – made up the leaderboard from sixth to ninth.
Of all riders in the Netherlands it was Wild who leaves with the biggest smile on her face after she capped off a magical home championships with a third world gold, adding a points race title to her omnium and scratch race golds earlier in the week and her Madison silver.
The dominant Dutchwoman showed why the field throughout the championships has failed to live with her speed as she came out on top in five of the ten mid-race sprints to finish six points ahead of American Jennifer Valente.
Jasmin Duehring, currently sitting second in the Six Day Series general classification, crossed the line for bronze while Denmark’s Trine Schmidt finished six points further back in sixth.
Elinor Barker came up short in defence of her title, coming home in 12th after a silver in the team pursuit on day two.
Kristina Vogel fell victim to her own reputation in the women’s Keirin final as a tactical race saw the all-conquering German in the unfamiliar position of sixth in a world final as Belgium’s Nicky Degrendele kicked for gold.
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