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Swiss team pedals to the top

Bruno Risi (left) and Kurt Betschart (right) have cycled to the top in the 50-km-Américaine on Tuesday Keystone

A Swiss team has pedalled to the top in the 50-km-Américaine of the 49th Zurich six-day cycling race.

This content was published on November 27, 2001 - 23:28

Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart have won the Américaine round, which was in memory of the Swiss cyclist, Fritz Pfenninger, who died in March this year.

In the second night of the race, the Swiss team have proved their abilities in the Hallenstadion in Zurich by finishing with a time of 55"30'5.

The team are also at the top of the interim table.

The Dutch team of Danny Stam and Robert Slippens came second and the Italian/German team of Silvio Martinello and Andreas Kappes finished third.

The other Swiss cycling team of Alexander Aeschbach and Franco Marvulli are currently in seventh place.

The Zurich six-day race takes place in the Hallenstadion in Zurich from November 26 to December 1, with races usually kicking off at 7pm.

The racers cycle on an indoor track over six successive evenings and race in teams of two, which means that only one rider needs to be in the race at any one time.

The rider, who is not racing, circles slowly at the top of the track and waits for his partner to throw him into the race by a hand sling.

The race is won by gaining points in sprints that are held every 20 laps and by gaining laps on the other riders.

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