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Trackside Ed: Berlin Final Night And Then Copenhagen!
Roadside PEZ: Just as we thought Ed Hood wouldn't be gracing the European indoor velodrome's this winter, he swooped into Berlin for the final night's action. It doesn't end there, the king of the track pits will be moving onto 'wonderful, wonderful' Copenhagen.

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His regal rampage rampage began in London; third with De Pauw behind the Aussies; in his home city of Gent it was the top step of the podium, again with henchman Moreno De Pauw; in Rotterdam the charge continued with the Belgians triumphing again; for Bremen the organization paired him with home boy Theo Reinhardt and it was another win. Berlin next, on the big 250 track with the huge audiences; can King Kenny De Ketele, monarch of Oudenaarde make it four in a row?

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There's BIG Roger Kluge paired with Reinhardt to contend with not to mention those fast aggressive Dutch guys, Wim Stroetinga and Yoeri Havik. Both of those Princes of Orange have won six days before.

PEZ parachuted in for the finale to find out. . .

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It looked like King Kenny of Flanders was going to add another battle honor to his ever expanding list of triumphs.

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But De Ketele and loyal lieutenant moreno De Pauw couldn't match the Orangemen from just over the border, Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga, in the points shoot out over the last 60 laps, losing out in each one of the sprints, held every 10 laps into the gun.



A convincing and watchable finale.

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Third place went to Home Boys, Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt - with the latter discovering that Berlin with Big Rodge isn't the same as Bremen with King Kenny. The German pair did win the opening 20 minute chase but the closing madison was a different tale - of which, more later.

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Rainbow sprint Queen, Kristina Vogels was in action next, winning the flying lap in 13.6 as the house filled nicely towards the finale - despite the lack of big motors.

The big Bee Emms only roared for three nights this year instead of the usual six. I parachuted in for the last night so missed being deafened for 80 laps on the three nights. I was devastated . . .

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The team devil saw a win for team six and a sore crash for Pole, Daniel Staniszewski as he pulled his foot in the finish straight.

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His front tyre, rolled in the ensuing mess - that's a big 'no no' - whatever happens, tubs should stay put.

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Sprinters flying lap and Berlin's favorite Californian, Nate Koch warmed the boards with 14.1 and yes, Ms. Vogel did 13.6 - that's the thing with stop watches, they just don't lie.

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Daryl Perkins may have 'defected' to Russia but he's still on a BT - very slick. And great to hear 'Moscou' from legendary Russian disco act, Genghis Khan as his sound track. More good six day music from Right Said Fred, 'Stand Up For The Champions' as big Max Levy took the flying lap, 12.4 seconds.

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Big Rodge Kluge blasted the 500 meter TT in 26 seconds low, usurping usual TT toppers De Ketele/De Pauw.

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Gymnasts - wow! And they all looked about 12 years-old.

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Sprinters, more Max. Derny and I push our boy, big Nico Hesslich off; we have him and Bremen runner-up, Achim Burkhart in the cabin.



And. . . we win! Flowers for the cabin. Scratch race, 'Walkin' on Sunshine' and 'Summer of '69' - great tunes tonight.

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Team six's, Max Beyer takes it. Sprinter keirin; I predict that Nate will go long and then park up. I got that one right . . .

Levy wins, that was a surprise.

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Last chase - Big Rodge and Theo need to leap frog those pesky Suisse Trustan Marguet and Nico Selanati with the latter tipped as a future star.

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The Germans go for the lap which will take them clear of the Suisse but Theo is toiling and Big Rodge is having to do so much work that we're treated to the unusual sight of a tiring Terminator. Eventually the junction is made. So we know who's third.

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Can Kenny and Moreno hop over the Flying Dutchmen who are level on laps but ahead on points. No.

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Yoeri and Wim are quick and more than a match for the Topsport Twins. No complaints about this finalé from us. Copenhagen next.

It's gone 1:00 am as the sat-nav guides us through the mean streets of Berlin, en route Rostock and the ferry across that grey/green, icy Baltic Sea. Copenhagen Regent, Michael Mørkøv rides with King Kenny up in Mermaid Town.

Who do you fancy for second?

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It was November 2005 when Ed Hood first penned a piece for PEZ, on US legend Mike Neel. Since then he's covered all of the Grand Tours and Monuments for PEZ and has an article count in excess of 1,600 in the archive. He was a Scottish champion cyclist himself - many years and kilograms ago - and still owns a Klein Attitude, Dura Ace carbon Giant and a Fixie. He and fellow Scot and PEZ contributor Martin Williamson run the Scottish site www.veloveritas.co.uk where more of his musings on our sport can be found.

 

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