Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Gent Six Day 2010 – Fourth Night, Big Bob and Danny Take Over


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I’m working at the Gent Six Day 2010, and last year’s Under 25 winner, big Aussie, Alex Carver just landed on the boards, somewhere close to my right ear.

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Alex Carver is scraped off the boards.

Meanwhile, down in the cabin, all of our guys sleep peacefully.

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The view as you climb to your seat in the Kuipke.

It was mozzarella and ham salad followed by chicken and spaghetti for dinner and a post dinner nap (on the floor) is the last luxury they’ll enjoy, tonight.

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Dirk preps the bikes for the time trial.
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It’s not exactly luxurious behind the scenes – here’s Marc trying to find space to stretch.
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Franco just makes-do in his cabin.

Sure enough, the race hasn’t long started and the dope test guys arrive – just like Elliot Ness and the Untouchables; but without the Armani suits – one guy tells me his day job is a plumber – the riders are suitably underwhelmed.

There are eight of them, they’re clad in hi-viz vests emblazoned with ‘Doping Control’ and are anything but low key.

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A less than subtle UCI Anti-Doping squad descends on the cabins mid-race.

One of them, with no little arrogance, plonks himself down in Alex and Michael’s cabin.

One of the Flemish journos asks; ‘So, we stop now in the Tour de France at 100km into the stage, and all the guys must piss in the bottle?

He has a point – why not wait for a pause in the racing? or until the racing is finished?

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Franco is very organised, and keeps his documentation to hand.

Those who know also reckon that the tests are of questionable validity if conducted in an environment like this – with Dernys buzzing around, food, drink, contaminants and people everywhere; he advises that the riders should write on the forms the circumstances of the test.

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Don’t forget the sauces too Ed.

It doesn’t put too much of a damper on the first chase; Iljo pops a wheelie when he takes him up to the zero lap and another when he wins.

I wondered why he dropped out of the Derny so early.

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Ken Illegems launches Iljo.

The doping guys are here a long time and do an excellent job of getting under our feet.

The Dernys buzz but there’s a loud ‘bang!’ over the noise of the pack of little swine – a blow out for Van Bon but he brings it down safely and takes a well deserved bow.

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John Young arrives from Scotland, big lense, photog bib – I can’t compete with that; no more action shots from me.

It’s hot tonight, damn hot, real hot and as well as the sports drinks the guys glug the chilled (free) Coke from the cabinet – they shouldn’t really, it’s bad for the tummy.

I’m addicted to the ‘Burn Intense Energy’ – I’m not man enough to read the can, the contents will be too scary.

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Just enjoy it Ed, and don’t worry about your intestines!
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The singer tonite is Gary Hagger, small man, big voice and personality – the last time I heard him sing at the Six, he was brilliant.

When I last heard Gary sing at a six however, Viktor and I had consumed not unsubstantial quantities of pils and Gary gave us his version of ‘Las Vegas,’ a Tony Christie classic; “Hey Las Vegas the Devil gave us to you…

Somehow, without Viktor, the pils and “Night after night, watching the wheel go round…“, it just wasn’t the same.

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De Neef.
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The Law.

But I digress – my metabolism has found some kind of equilibrium with the crazy hours and once I’ve had my morning shower, I wonder why I thought I was going to die.

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TV were here again tonight, to interview Michael, no problem, he chats in relaxed fashion – a pro.

To be honest, after midnight, it was all a bit of blur, tonight – Dernys, jersey changes, fill bottles, push riders off, haul them in, wipe legs, run errands, ‘Dos Cerveza por favor‘ deafening me, tidy the cabin – last sprint, phew!

Franco won a food hamper tonight, the cheese and sausages went in the fridge…

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and the Gentse Tripel went…?

Being a runner does have it’s advantages!

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Marc is thrown into the melee again by Dirk.

Saturday night is next – I’m not convinced it can get much crazier, but I could be wrong.

Ciao, ciao.

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Everyone’s bikes get secured for the night.

Gent Six Day 2010 Result

Sprints 1

1 Franco Marvulli / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) VDK 12 pts
2 Jens Mouris / Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Caruur 10
3 Alex Rasmussen / Michael Morkov (Den) Callant Verzekeringen – Santens 8
4 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mercator Verzekeringen 7
5 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Peter Schep (Ned) John Saey – Mega Deschacht 5
6 Steven De Neef / Steve Schets (Bel)