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After six days of gruelling racing inside the Wembley Empire Pool Arena, London, U.K., the Dutch cycling team of Gerben Karstens and Lee Duyndam won the Skol International Six Day Cycle Race on Tuesday (25th September).
In the second place were the Belgian/Italy double Patrick Sercu and Gianni Metta. Third were the French partnership, Alain Van Lancker and Jacques Meurioux, and in fourth position were Tony Gowland (Great Britain) and Graeme Gilmore (Australia).
For almost a week the speed and stamina men of the two-wheel sport wheeled around the specially laid wooden track. The long-distance event was interspersed with sprints and paced events - all counting towards the all-important final points total.
For a while it seemed the Gowland/Gilmore team were in there with a strong change of being overall winners, but as the race drew near its conclusion hey dropped back into fourth place as the stamina of the Dutch team came through taking them into the lead and eventual victory. Gowland and Gilmore had to be satisfied with fourth place.
There was only half-a-lap in it between the Dutch pair and the Sercu/Motta duo in the final lap, but even though the distance was small the points tally showed the Dutch pair had a substantial lead of 389 against 317. Lancker and Mourioux (France) were two laps behind, while Gowand and Gilmore had a final deficit of three laps.
The cream of world track cycling were represented at the event which is known in many sporting circles as the "killer race".
SYNOPSIS: Inside the Wembley Empire Pool arena, London, England, on Tuesday, thirty of the world's track cycling stares battled out the final stages of the Skol International Six Day Cycle event. For almost a week the men of muscle on two wheels sped round the wooden circuity in a test of speed, stamina and skill - now, the finish was just a few laps away.
Proving the strongest and fastest duet on the circuit were the Dutch team of Gerben Karstens and Lee Duyndan. Hot in pursuit were the Belgian/Italian double, Patrick Sercu and Gianni Motta.
For a time it seemed the British/Australian partnership of Gowland and Gilmore had a chance of victory, but as the race neared its end they fell back to fourth place. But clearly in the lead, both in overall points and speed, were the Dutch duet. As they neared the finish their nearest rivals, Sercu and Motta were half a lap behind with a big points deficit.
The Flying Dutchmen had won what's widely known as the "killer race". Second, and half a lap but many points behind were Sercu and Motta. Third were the French pair, Alain Van Lancker and Jacques Mourioux - two laps behind the winners and, trailing in fourth position three laps back were Tony Gowland (Britain) and Graeme Gilmore (Aistralia).