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Theo Bos and Graeme Brown ride Rotterdam Six-Day

José Been
December 12, 2013, 08:04,
December 12, 2013, 09:07
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, December 16, 2013
2013 Six-Days of Rotterdam winners Iljo Keisse and Niki Terpstra take a victory lap

2013 Six-Days of Rotterdam winners Iljo Keisse and Niki Terpstra take a victory lap

  • 2013 Six-Days of Rotterdam winners Iljo Keisse and Niki Terpstra take a victory lap
  • Riders exchange during the Rotterdam Six Day
  • The elite men's field in full flight during a Madison at the Rotterdam Six
  • Defending Rotterdam Six champions Peter Schep and Wim Stroetinga are in the mix to win another title.

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Team Belkin aims for podium in strong field

Theo Bos and Graeme Brown will make a return to the track in the 2014 Rotterdam Six-Day, from 2 to 7 January. "I am looking forward to it," Theo Bos said. "Graeme is a rider with lots of experience on the track." The Dutch/Australian pair will meet strong competition on the Rotterdam track. "A podium place is our ambition but we really want to ride for the overall victory," Bos stated.

Both Belkin riders have an impressive palmares when it comes to track cycling. Theo Bos holds three sprint world titles and took the gold on the kilometre in Los Angeles in 2005. He won the Olympic silver medal at the Olympic Games in Athens. Graeme Brown won two gold medals in Athens: in the team pursuit and in the Madison with Stuart O'Grady.

Bos and Brown will meet strong competition in Rotterdam. Last year's winners Iljo Keisse and Niki Terpstra return to defend their crown. Keisse already won in Zürich this year with Sylvan Dillier while Rotterdam will be Terpstra's first Six-Day of the season.

The reigning world champions Madison Vivien Brisse and Morgan Kneisky are also on the startlist as well as the other riders of this year's podium: Wim Stroetinga who pairs with Orica-Greenedge's Jens Mouris [after Peter Schep ended his career this year] and the Dutch duo Yoeri Havik and Nick Stöpler.

The Belgian pair Kenny de Ketele/Jasper de Buyst should be considered favorites too. De Buyst recently won the Ghent Six with Leif Lampater while De Ketele won Amsterdam with Gijs van Hoecke. 

The starting field in Rotterdam also features Danish duo Michael Mørkøv/Alex Rasmussen, the Swiss pair Tristan Marguet and Franco Marvulli, Garmin-Sharp's Raymond Kreder and Leif Lampater, American duo Daniel Holloway and Guy East and the Dutch pairs Michel Kreder/Wesley Kreder and Melvin Boskamp/Jesper Asselman. 

The organization will announce other pairs shortly as well as the competitors to the Sprint Masters tournament. Olympic and world champion Jason Kenny will return to the track in Rotterdam but the three other sprinters are still unknown.

bike_boy 10 months ago
Very brave move by Theo Bos because Graeme Brown can't win outside of second rate Australian races or the odd Asian race in his younger years.
B_Ugli 10 months ago
Isn't Brown the guy that is usually in the middle of bunch sprint crashes? I know I am not going to win this but instead I will wipe out the entire bunch in the process.
Jar West 10 months ago
Odd Asian races, double Olympic track champion and world and commonwealth track team-pursuit champion....
Farcanal 10 months ago
Read your cycle racing history books, pal. The time spent will serve you better than posting ridiculous put-downs to decent riders
oldcrank 10 months ago
While it is unfortunate that a number of six-days have disappeared from the calendar, I do like the fact that young talents like Jasper De Buyst can successfully combine World Cup omniums with Six-Day racing. This is exactly what I (and presumably the UCI) hoped would happen with the introduction of the omnium to the World Championship and Olympic program.
Farcanal 10 months ago
Don't really see the relevance of an Olympic omnium to a six day race when the Madison was one of the events it replaced. The arrival of the omnium in place of proper events heralded a huge climb down by Pat McQuaid to reduce cycling competitor numbers when pseudo sports like golf were getting included