With one night of intense Six Day racing to go in Bremen, Germany, another track event lies ahead: the Hofbräu-Six Days in the Southern German city of Stuttgart will start on Thursday, January 20. Because of several crashes in the Bremen velodrome, some riders may have to skip the event - certainly Matthew Gilmore, whose Belgian doctors have now firmly ruled out his participation in Stuttgart. Gilmore will be replaced by 26 year-old Jimmy Hansen.
Featuring 13 three-man-teams and eight sprinters, the 22nd Stuttgart Six Day will also feature a changed Derny competition with twelve riders. Favourites for the overall classification are Bruno Risi/Kurt Betschart/Franco Marvulli. In the sprint competition, Olympic champion Jens Fiedler will try to beat French Florian Rousseau. Fiedler will be keen to win, as he is approaching the end of his career - his last appearance is planned at the Berlin Six from January 22-27.