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Gent Six Day 2010 – First Night, De Ketele-Lampater Take It Up

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Last night at the Gent Six Day 2010? It’s tonight, already!

Gent Six Day 2010
Just one of Ed’s jobs – ensure the clean, dry jerseys are ready for the next event. Photo©Ed Hood

No-one stood out, the home boys had to be seen to do well and De Ketele, Mertens, and of course Iljo, all did the biz.

Gent Six Day 2010
The riders’ view of the crowd, from the cabins. Photo©Ed Hood
Gent Six Day 2010
Local boy Iljo has slotted straight back into the racing. Photo©Ed Hood

Who can win?

Alex & Michael are favourites but it’s been a long season for both of them and there are some hungry big fish in this pond.

Top of the Barracuda list are Robert Bartko and Danilo Hondo – if it was decided on coolness alone then the verdict would go to Danilo his position is perfect, plenty of seat pillar on show, long extension hard down on the head race.

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Hondo looks a class act. Photo©Ed Hood

There’s very little upper body movement. He looks fantastic – it’s easy to forget he was a World Team Pursuit silver medallist back in 1994.

Hondo’s partner, ‘Big Bob’ Bartko, is one of the great track riders of the modern era; Olympic individual and Team Pursuit Champion in 2000 at Sydney; World Pursuit Champion in ’99, ’05 and ’06; World Team Pursuit Champion in ’99, and 15 wins in Six Days off 59 starts – and in his Rabobank days he was capable of winning events like the Three Days of West Flanders.

Gent Six Day 2010
First win of the Six goes to Alex and Michael, in the Sprints. Photo©Ed Hood
Gent Six Day 2010
Iljo looks sharp. Photo©Ed Hood

Iljo certainly looks sharp and his partner Peter Schep is classy, he looks like he’s on rails and has a string of Worlds Points Race medals to his credit.

But there’s a protocol to six day races and one is that you can’t come back after four months without a race and win.

If I’m any judge then it’ll be third spot on the podium for Iljo and Peter.

Successor to Bruno Risi as ‘Blue Train’ conductor is Danny Stam, this is his 101st six, and with 16 wins there’s no shortage of experience.

Danny has won here before, in 2004 with Slippens – Viktor and I were here to witness that, and they were spectacular.

Gent Six Day 2010
Danny always wants on the podium, but Leon Van Bon isn’t Bob Slippens. Photo©Ed Hood

He’s very strong and hugely experienced (he took a silver medal in the Worlds Road Race at San Sebastian in 1997 after all), but there’s no ‘spark’ to him in my opinion – even though he’s reinvented himself well as a six day rider, with 29 starts and one win.

Gent Six Day 2010
Marc is thrown into the melee again by Dirk. Photo©Ed Hood

Kenny De Ketele has paid his dues, 32 Sixes with one win. He’s paired with classy German, Leif Lampater.

Some might say that Lampater’s sSix wins off 14 starts in Six Days is largely down to his choice of partners – Erik Zabel and Robert Bartko.

But being paired with Zabel or Bartko speaks for itself; riders at the top of their game won’t ride with ‘duds’ or ‘learners’ – that comes if you chose to prolong your career and wind down. So, this pairing could win.

There’s only one other pairing who can win – Franco Marvulli and Alexander Aeschbach.

Franco has been unwell but is well on the way back, his morale is good and those time trial wins speak for themselves – he won the 500 metres tonight.

But if truth be told, it’s the Zurich Six that really counts for a Swiss rider and I think that if he makes the podium here, he’ll be happy.

Gent Six Day 2010
Franco takes himself away from the velodrome for a while. Photo©Ed Hood
Gent Six Day 2010
Carbon is King these days. Photo©Ed Hood

Three podium spots and six teams worthy of a place – that doesn’t ‘go!’

Tomorrow I’ll try and talk a bit more about what’s actually going on in the racing – it’s been a wee bit hectic today.

Gent Six Day 2010
The bar is all set for another hammering. Photo©Ed Hood

Gent Six Day 2010 – Night One Results

First Sprints

1 Alex Rasmussen / Michael Morkov (Den) Callant Verzekeringen – Santens 10 pts
2 Jens Mouris / Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Caruur 8
3 Jens-Erik Madsen / Marc Hester (Den) AVS 7
4 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mercator Verzekeringen 7
5 Danny Stam / Leon Van Bon (Ned) AA Drink 6
6 Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) / Andreas Müller (Ger) Euro Tyre 5
7 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Topsport Vlaanderen 5
8 Robert Bartko / Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lotto 5
9 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) ADMB 4
10 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Peter Schep (Ned) John Saey – Mega Deschacht 4
11 Sebastian Donadio (Arg) / Jeff Vermeulen (Bel) Geka Kaas – Oudendijk 2
12 Steven De Neef / Steve Schets (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen 2
13 Franco Marvulli / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) VDK 1

Team Elimination

1 Danny Stam / Leon Van Bon (Ned) AA Drink 20 pts
2 Alex Rasmussen / Michael Morkov (Den) Callant Verzekeringen – Santens 12
3 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mercator Verzekeringen 10
4 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Peter Schep (Ned) John Saey – Mega Deschacht 8
5 Robert Bartko / Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lotto 6
6 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Topsport Vlaanderen 4
7 Jens Mouris / Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Caruur
8 Franco Marvulli / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) VDK
9 Sebastian Donadio (Arg) / Jeff Vermeulen (Bel) Geka Kaas – Oudendijk
10 Steven De Neef / Steve Schets (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen
11 Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) / Andreas Müller (Ger) Euro Tyre
12 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) ADMB
13 Jens-Erik Madsen / Marc Hester (Den) AVS

Flying Lap

1 Alex Rasmussen / Michael Morkov (Den) Callant Verzekeringen – Santens 0:00:08.83
2 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Peter Schep (Ned) John Saey – Mega Deschacht 0:00:08.85
3 Franco Marvulli / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) VDK 0:00:08.88
4 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Topsport Vlaanderen 0:00:08.89
5 Steven De Neef / Steve Schets (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen 0:00:08.98
6 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mercator Verzekeringen 0:00:09.03
7 Jens Mouris / Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Caruur 0:00:09.06
8 Jens-Erik Madsen / Marc Hester (Den) AVS 0:00:09.13
9 Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) / Andreas Müller (Ger) Euro Tyre 0:00:09.14
10 Sebastian Donadio (Arg) / Jeff Vermeulen (Bel) Geka Kaas – Oudendijk 0:00:09.20
11 Danny Stam / Leon Van Bon (Ned) AA Drink 0:00:09.21
12 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) ADMB 0:00:09.31
13 Robert Bartko / Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lotto 0:00:09.41

First Madison

1 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mercator Verzekeringen 20 pts
2 Robert Bartko / Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lotto 12
At One Lap
3 Franco Marvulli / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) VDK 10
4 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Peter Schep (Ned) John Saey – Mega Deschacht 8
5 Jens Mouris / Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Caruur 6
6 Danny Stam / Leon Van Bon (Ned) AA Drink 4
7 Alex Rasmussen / Michael Morkov (Den) Callant Verzekeringen – Santens
8 Jens-Erik Madsen / Marc Hester (Den) AVS
At Two Laps
9 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) ADMB
10 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Topsport Vlaanderen
At Three Laps
11 Sebastian Donadio (Arg) / Jeff Vermeulen (Bel) Geka Kaas – Oudendijk
12 Tosh Van der Sande (Bel) / Andreas Müller (Ger) Euro Tyre
At Five Laps
13 Steven De Neef / Steve Schets (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen

Derny – Heat 1

1 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Mercator Verzekeringen 5 pts
2 Michael Morkov (Den) Callant Verzekeringen – Santens 4
3 Leon Van Bon