Robert Bartko is smiling again in Rotterdam, after a not-so good end to the year
Photo ©: Bjorn Haake
The German Six-Day duo Andreas Beikirch and Robert Bartko took the lead in the fourth night of the Zesdaagse in Rotterdam. The duo gained one lap over the German/Swiss combination of Leif Lampater and Franco Marvulli. Lampater/Marvulli have almost 100 points more than the Germans (242 versus 158 points), but will have to make up a lap in the final two nights if they want to have a chance of victory.
Two more teams are also one lap behind, with crowd favourite Peter Schep (Netherlands) and Beijing Olympic champion Juan Llaneras (Spain) in third (176 points). In fourth place is Swiss Six-Day specialist Bruno Risi, with his Dutch partner Danny Stam (136 points).
Beikirch and Bartko gained the crucial lap in the team Madison event. Leon Van Bon and Danny de Ketele also gained a lap, which leaves the Dutch/Belgian duo in fifth place, down two laps and with a tally of 183 points.
Bartko is having a bad spell in a year that started pretty well for him. He and his permanent partner Iljo Keisse won the Six Days in Munich and Gent. But at the Gent event Keisse tested positive.
That left Bartko without a partner. He wanted to fully concentrate on the World Championships, but he had to cancel his qualification race in Cali, Colombia, due to illness.
The Rotterdam standings after night four.