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Havik and Stöpler dig deep for lead
Yoeri Havik and Nick Stöpler became the new leaders of the Amsterdam Six Day after day three. The favourites kept a close eye on each other in tonight’s final Madison, but the youngsters still managed to break free in the final part of the race. Together with Pim Ligthart/Marcel Kalz and Robert Bartko/Barry Markus they lapped the rest of the field. Ligthart and Kalz took the win, but their second place brought Havik and Stöpler the overall lead.
“It was very hard”, puffed Havik right after the victory lap. “We gave everything we had. When we took a lap, we had to chase again right away.”
The third day was a good day for Havik and Stöpler but the Dutchmen keep the champagne in the fridge. “We’ll eat as much as we can and then we’ll go to bed immediately”, said Stöpler.
Leif Lampater and Raymond Kreder lost the lead on Wednesday. The German-Dutch couple triumphed in the elimination race but couldn’t keep up with the best duo’s in the final Madison. They are now second overall.
The Belgian duo De Ketele/Van Hoecke clearly had plans going into the third night. They opened a barrage of attacks during the final Madison. De Ketele also entertained the crowd during the second derny ride. The Deelen Verswaren rider was at the back of the field for a long time, but decided to accelerate during the final part of the race. In ultimate fashion he caught up with Barry Markus and Pim Ligthart. In the last 200 metres he overtook the two, which provided him the win a standing ovation by the Amsterdam crowd.
Hugo Haak had set his sights on the Masters Keirin on Wednesday. He lost narrowly to Bart Hommes, but now, thanks to his second place, shares the overall lead with Teun Mulder. Both men have seven points. Bart Hommes and Nils van ‘t Hoenderdaal are third with a total of eleven.
Haak lost his lead in the Sprint Masters because of his efforts in the Keirin Masters. After a sixth place in the sprint final, he dropped to the second place, which he shares with van ‘t Hoenderdaal and Hoogland. Matthias Büchli won the Sprint Masters and will start day four in the lead.
General classification after day 3:
|1||5||Stöpler Nick – Havik Yoeri||0||135|
|2||6||Lampater Leif – Kreder Raymond||0||127|
|3||1||Ligthart Pim – Kalz Marcel||0||102|
|4||4||De Ketele Kenny – Van Hoeke Gijs||1||140|
|5||8||Marguet Tristan – Hester Marc||1||107|
|6||3||Mouris Jens – Stroetinga Wim||1||107|
|7||7||Markus Barry – Bartko Robert||2||24|
|8||12||Hochmann Jiri – Hacecky Vojtech||7||75|
|9||9||Boskamp Melvin – Asselman Jesper||7||63|
|10||10||Kreder Wesley – Hoffmann Nolan||7||37|
|11||2||Gate Aaron – Roberts, Luke||8||45|
|12||13||Caspers Didier – Van Zijl Melvin||12||19|
|13||11||East Guy – Holloway Daniel||13||9|
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The Amsterdam Six Day ends on Saturday 26 October 2013.