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Berlin duo wins in the velodrome: Reinhardt and Kluge win six-day races

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On Sunday evening, Berliners Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt won the 110th Berlin six-day race, which was shortened to three days. With an attack 15 laps before the end, the reigning European champions with 130 points ousted the Dutchmen Yoeri Havik/Vincent Hoppezak (124) from the top.

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The second German pairing with Tim Torn Teutenberg/Moritz Malcharek (Cologne/Berlin) took third place with a deficit of 84 points. For Kluge/Reinhardt it was the second joint success in Berlin after 2019.

“We didn’t want to wait until the end and let it all come down to the final sprint. In the end it was tough, but it was enough. Now we’re looking forward to the European Championships in two weeks’ time,” said Roger Kluge, for whom it was his fourth victory in the velodrome after 2011, 2013 and 2019. In the women’s category, Marit Raaijmakers/Mylene de Zoete celebrated a lights-to-flag victory.

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The titles in the sprint went to seven-time world champion Lea Sophie Friedrich from Cottbus and Chemnitz-based Stefan Bötticher.

Valts Miltovics, Managing Director of the Berliner Six Days Race GmbH, was relieved after the restart. “I’m very satisfied. The Saturday was particularly well attended with 5,500 spectators. On Family Sunday, which is also the finale of the Six Day this time, I would have wished for a few more spectators,” he explained.

Visitor numbers from pre-Corona times could not be reached this time because the organizers rigorously refrained from free tickets, as in the past.

How things will continue in the coming year is currently open. “This year’s event was a big risk. We are not in the red and can continue to work. How soon we will return to a six-day event I cannot say at this time, but we are looking at solutions. The potential is there in Berlin,” said Miltovics. The six-day race was last held in 2020. (dpa)

Source: Tagesspiegel

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