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Six Day Berlin – The countdown begins

26 December 2017

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Christmas is over, the turkey leftovers may still be in the fridge and ready for the Boxing Day curry, but our riders have already got the next Six Day on their mind.

With London long gone January means only one thing – Six Day Berlin.

With Six Day races in Bremen and Rotterdam to get them warmed up, the Six Day Series returns at the end of January with the longest running race in Six Day history.

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The 107th running of the event gets under way on January 25, with Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw looking to regain their crown as the top Six Day racers in the world.

The Belgian duo were out of form and fitness at Six Day London, eventually finishing third, and lost out last time in Berlin as Dutchmen Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga fulfilled childhood dreams of winning in the German capital.

But de Ketele and de Pauw won their home event in Gent last month and will head to Berlin looking to gain more vital points in the Six Day Series.

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Currently in third, the duo who won in London, Amsterdam and Mallorca during the inaugural Six Day Series will be hoping to push their way up the standings in the absence of their Australian and British conquerors from London.

Also making the journey from the Lee Valley VeloPark to the Berlin Velodrom are Mark Downey and Felix English.

The Irish duo put in a string of sterling efforts in London but never quite made it onto the winners’ podium – something they will hope to rectify in a few weeks’ time.

Poles Adrian Teklinski and Wojciech Pszczolarski, and Czechs Alois Kankovsky and Vojtech Hacecky, are also going in search of Series points after failing to score in London.

While there will be the traditional strong German contingent as Max Beyer and Sebastian Schmiedel saddle up once more, to be joined by Kersten Thiele and Theo Reinhardt.

And there will be more familiar German faces in the form of Christian Grasmann and Leif Lampater, while Roger Kluge – who fired the starting pistol back in January this year – also returns to racing on the track where he has been on the podium five times, winning twice.

It’s too soon to say who is on form and who has over-indulged at Christmas, but with a field as talented as this on show, then Berlin is again bound to produce some raucous racing.

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