Rasmussen and Mørkøv beat home duo in Berlin
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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Rasmussen and Mørkøv beat home duo in Berlin

by Bjorn Haake at 11:36 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Track, Race Reports and Results
 

The Berlin Six Days ended with the win of World Champions Axel Rasmussen and Michael Mørkøv ahead of Robert Bartko and Roger Kluge (Germany). The Danes crossed the line 50 meters ahead of Bartko/Kluge, who had come agonizingly close to a crucial lap gain, which would have given them a home victory. The Danish duo had a fantastic final day of the race and moved from fourth place and two laps down on then-leaders Danny Stam / Peter Schep. The Dutchmen ended the Six Days in third place overall.

The race was decided in the final Madison. Stam/Schep were still ahead by one lap. When the others equalized the advantage, Stam/Schep tried to counter but couldn't get away. Then the fight started between Rasmussen/Mørkøv and Bartko/Kluge. For 15 long laps they battled hard and the Germans had come close to gaining back a lap, which would have given them the overall win, thanks to the points.

But the Danes kept a 50-meter advantage to take the surprise win. The final Madison was so active that the scorekeepers noted over 30 lap gains.

The overall of the derny riders was won by Timo Scholz. In the sprint omnium, Maximilian Levy took a well deserved overall victory, after dominating once again. He won the one-lap time trial and the sprint. Only René Enders, who took the keirin, prevented a shutout from Levy.

In the juniors race, the name Zabel was way up in the results sheet. Rik, son of Erik Zabel, finished second with his partner Thomas Schneider. The winners were Hans Pirius and Lucas Liß. Danish pair Lasse Norman Hansen and Daniel Mielke finished third.

Final standings elite

1. Alex Rasmussen / Michael Mørkøv (Denmark - Techem) 273 points
2. Robert Bartko / Roger Kluge (Germany - Axel Lange) 310 - one lap behind
3. Danny Stam / Peter Schep (Netherlands – KIA Motors) 188
4. Alexander Aeschbach / Franco Marvulli (Switzerland - Demag Cranes) 225 - two laps behind
5. Leif Lampater / Christian Grasmann (Germany – Schultheiss) 164 Pkt.
6. Andreas Müller / Erik Mohs (Austria/Germany – 105’5 Spreeradio) 128 Pkt.

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