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68th Zesdaagse Vlaanderen - 6D1

Gent, Belgium, November 18-23, 2008

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Day 2 - November 19:

Keisse and Bartko continue to lead

By Bjorn Haake in Gent, Belgium

Robert Bartko (l) and Iljo Keisse continue to lead
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Local favourite Iljo Keisse and German partner Robert Bartko continue to lead the Gent Six Day, after another successful night of racing. The pair has extended their lead over German duo Erik Zabel and Leif Lampater to 21 points, with Zabel and Lampater now on 115 points.

Both teams remain equal on laps, with Kenny de Ketele and Andreas Beikirch also holding on to remain equal on laps after night two. Bruno Risi and Alexander Aeschbach gained one lap in the day's final event, leaving them one lap behind in fourth place with 70 points.

The UIV Cup's overall standings were shaken up on night two, with Belgians Stijn Steels and Tosh Van der Sande taking over from the American duo of Guy East and Austin Carroll.

Rolling introduction

The points race got underway after the riders were introduced during a rolling introduction. Italian pair Angelo Ciccone and Fabio Masoti took the most points, winning sprints three and four before taking second in the final sprint. Zabel and Lampater claimed the final sprint, securing them two points for the overall. Keisse and Bartko also won one sprint, but it wasn't the final sprint, so they were placed behind Zabel and Lampater without any points.

Zabel and Lampater then made things worse for Keisse and Bartko by winning the team elimination. Bartko and Keisse were eliminated early and didn't get any points. The victory saw the Germans assume the overall lead with 89 points versus the 82 points of Keisse and Bartko.

But Bartko and Keisse struck back quickly and reclaimed their lead after the one-lap time trial. The enormous cheer of the spectators pushed Keisse to pedal 8.78 seconds over the 166 metres.

A 40-minute Madison race took place before the live music kicked off during the break. De Ketele and Beikirch took charge of the race, lapping the field with Swiss pairing Risi and Aeschbach. De Ketele and Beikirch also won the final sprint, showing everyone who was boss.

More noise

The riders storm past the bell
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The noise from the music in the break had vanished, but the Derny race made sure it didn't get too quiet in Het Kuipke. Risi won this one, once again with big man Joop Zijlaard setting the pace.

The elimination race came down to an exciting sprint between Leon van Bon and Luke Roberts. Van Bon stormed away from Roberts with one lap to go, but Roberts clawed his way back into the race and tried to get past Van Bon in the final metres. Van Bon had other ideas, however, and wasn't going to let his hard work go unrewarded as he claimed an exciting win.

The top two teams passed the magic 100 points and received a bonus lap, leaving the Germans in front again, albeit with a slim two-point lead. De Ketele and Beikirch were on the same lap count, but with only 83 points.

Keisse then took out the Derny race in style by lapping the field. Unfortunately for Keisse lapping in the Derny doesn't count towards the overall, so Keisse and Bartko were still equal on laps with the other two pairs. Keisse's big effort didn't go without reward though, as the Belgian-German pair slipped back into the overall lead with a slim three point margin.

Keisse and Bartko's lead was boosted when they once again blasted fastest through the 500m time trial. They scratched the 28-second barrier to claim a convincing win over Roberts and Hester, who were more than half a second behind. The win gave Keisse and Bartko 20 points, while Zabel and Lampater added only four points to the tally. De Ketele and Beikirch were worse off and left empty handed.

In the finale it can get tight in the derny races
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Keisse and Bartko, still exhausted from their time trial effort, were the first to leave the teams elimination race. This left the door open for Zabel and Lampater to sneak back into the lead, but with eight teams remaining and the sprint coming up, their handover didn't work.

Zabel was going to launch Lampater for the dash to the line, but their hands only briefly met. Then they slipped away from each other, as did the opportunity to regain the lead. With Risi and Aeschbach out next, there were no favourites left, allowing Mertens and Müller to win ahead Roberts and Hester.

Risi could once again count on Joop Zijlaard as pacemaker in the Derny finale, but the others were invading the big man's turf. Keisse took out the win with Michel Vaarten, increasing their lead to 21 points over Zabel and Lampater. De Ketele and Beikirch had 91 points, still equal on laps, when they claimed third ahead of Risi and Aeschbach, who were two laps behind with just 50 points.

Nothing changed in the overall after the scratch race, won by De Fauw and De Neef.

Risi and Aeschbach took out the night's final event, a 30-minute + 10 lap Madison. The Swiss duo was one lap ahead with Stam/Schep and Roberts/Hester. Risi had the honour of sprinting for the line in the final event of the night.

Americans surrender lead

Austin Carroll and his partner Guy East surrendered the lead on night two
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First up was a one-lap time trial for the UIV Cup, where Czech duo Jan Dostal/Jiri Bares claimed victory. Behind the winners the overall battle was heating up as Steels and Van de Sande took second ahead of former leaders Carroll and Guy. That cut the American's overall lead by two points, to seven.

Steels and Van de Sande then really cleaned up in the 200-lap Madison. The pair won three of the six sprints and finished second once putting them in control with 18 points. East and Carroll won one sprint and finished third and fourth in another, making their grand total eight points.

The fallout from the points race left the Belgians with a seven-point lead after night two. The two favourite pairs have distanced all the others by at least one lap. British pair Andrew Fenn/Luke Rowe are sixth, two laps behind and three points on their tally. The other Anglophones, Jackie Simes (USA) and Peter Williams (Great Britain) are in ninth, with one point and four laps down.

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Results

Professional Races

Points race
 
1 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                         13 pts
2 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   13
3 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                             8
4 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                        6
5 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                               6
6 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht            5
7 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                   5
8 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                         4
9 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                  3
10 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                           2
11 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                           1
12 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                       
 
Team elimination
 
1 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht           20 pts
2 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   12
3 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                      10
4 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                  8
5 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                            6
6 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                            4
7 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                    
8 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                              
9 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                          
10 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                        
11 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                          
12 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                               
 
Flying lap 
 
1 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen             0.08.78
2 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                            0.08.83
3 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                    0.09.06
4 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                      0.09.07
5 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                  0.09.09
6 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne              0.09.11
7 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                       0.09.13
8 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                        
9 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                                
10 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht     0.09.20
11 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                  0.09.41
12 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                     0.09.56
 
Madison 1
 
1 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   20 pts
2 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                        12
 
One lap behind
3 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht           10 pts
4 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                   8
5 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                            6
 
Two laps behind
6 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                       4 pts
7 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                         
8 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                   
 
Three laps behind
9 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                                
10 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                          
 
Four laps behind
11 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                            
 
Nine laps behind
12 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                             
 
Derny race
 
1 Bruno Risi / Zijlaard                                                         5 pts
2 Tim Mertens / Vaarten                                                         4
3 Leif Lampater / Walrave                                                       3
4 Pim Lighthart / Schoefs                                                       2
5 Ingmar Depoortere / Van Uytfange                                              1
6 Casper Jörgensen / Huybrechts                                                  
 
Elimination
 
1 Leon Van Bon (Ned)                                                           10 pts
2 Luke Roberts (Aus)                                                            6
3 Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                                                 5
4 Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                                                    4
5 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel)                                                           3
6 Kenny De Ketele (Bel)                                                         2
7 Erik Zabel (Ger)                                                               
8 Danny Stam (Ned)                                                               
9 Bruno Risi (Swi)                                                               
10 Iljo Keisse (Bel)                                                             
11 Casper Jörgensen (Den)                                                        
12 Tim Mertens (Bel)                                                            

Derny
 
1 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                  5 pts
2 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   4
3 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                           3
4 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                           2
5 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                       1
6 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                          
 
500 metre sprint
 
1 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen            0.28.00
2 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                 0.28.60
3 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                0.28.80
4 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                        0.28.90
5 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht     0.29.10
6 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                      0.29.50
7 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                     0.29.60
8 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                    
9 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                  0.29.70
10 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                  0.29.90
11 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                          0.30.60
12 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                    0.30.70
 
Sprint
 
1 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                20 pts
2 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                      12
3 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                             10
4 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                         8
5 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                      6
6 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                            4
7 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                         
8 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht            
9 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                            
10 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                  
11 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   
12 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                           
 
Derny
 
1 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                  5 pts
2 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                        4
3 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                           3
4 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   2
5 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht           1
6 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                  
 
Scratch race
 
1 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                          13 pts
2 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                      6
3 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                       5
4 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                            4
5 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                  2
6 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                  
7 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                               
8 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                    
9 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                          
10 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                        
11 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht           
12 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                           
 
Madison 2
 
1 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                       20 pts
2 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                          12
3 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                      10

One lap behind
4 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   8 pts
5 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht           6
6 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                  4
7 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                  
8 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                       

Two laps behind
9 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                               
10 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                           
11 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                         

Three laps down
12 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                            

Standings after night two

1 Iljo Keisse / Robert Bartko (Bel/Ger)          136 pts
2 Erik Zabel / Leif Lampater (Ger)               115
3 Kenny De Ketele / Andreas Beikirch (Bel/Ger)    99
 
One lap behind
4 Bruno Risi / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi)          70 pts
 
Two laps behind
5 Danny Stam / Peter Schep (Ned)                  54 pts
 
Three laps behind
6 Luke Roberts / Marc Hester (Aus/Den)            75 pts
 
Four laps behind
7 Tim Mertens / Andreas Muller (Ger)              81 pts
 
Five laps behind
8 Casper Jorgensen / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den)       90 pts
 
Eight laps behind
9 Leon Van Bon / Pim Lighthart (Ned)              66 pts
10 Angelo Ciccone / Fabio Masotti (Ita)           39
 
Nine laps behind
11 Dimitri De Fauw / Steven De Neef (Bel)         65 pts
 
18 laps behind
12 Nicky Cocquyt / Ingmar De Poortere (Bel)       40 pts

UIV Talents Cup

Lap record

1 Jan Dostal / Jiri Bares (Cze)                        0.09.00
2 Stijn Steels / Tosh Van der Sande (Bel)              0.09.30
3 Guy East / Austin Carroll (USA)                      0.09.42
4 Randy Costermans / Gerrit Broeders (Bel)             0.09.54
5 Gert Jan van Immerseel / Maarten Vlasselaer (Bel)    0.09.55
6 Thomas Sprengers / Simon Verhamme (Bel)              0.09.83
7 Michael Schweizer / Michael Riedle (Ger)             0.09.85
8 Damien Corthesey / Pierre Kaeslin (Swi)              0.09.87
9 Jackie Simes / Peter Williams (USA/GBr)              0.09.89
10 Christian Kos / Jesper Asselman (Ned)                      
11 Andrew Fenn / Luke Rowe (GBr)                       0.09.93
 
Madison
 
1 Stijn Steels / Tosh Van der Sande (Bel)                   18 pts
2 Guy East / Austin Carroll (USA)                            8
3 Andrew Fenn / Luke Rowe (GBr)                              3
4 Gert Jan van Immerseel / Maarten Vlasselaer (Bel)          3
5 Thomas Sprengers / Simon Verhamme (Bel)                    2
 
One lap behind
6 Jan Dostal / Jiri Bares (Cze)                              6 pts
7 Christian Kos / Jesper Asselman (Ned)                      2
8 Michael Schweizer / Michael Riedle (Ger)                   2
 
Two laps behind
9 Jackie Simes / Peter Williams (USA/GBr)                     
 
Three laps behind
10 Damien Corthesey / Pierre Kaeslin (Swi)                    
 
Five laps behind
11 Randy Costermans / Gerrit Broeders (Bel)                   
 
Overall standings after two nights
 
1 Stijn Steels / Tosh Van der Sande (Bel)                   39 pts
2 Guy East / Austin Carroll (USA)                           32
 
One lap behind
3 Gert Jan van Immerseel / Maarten Vlasselaer (Bel)          9 pts
 
Two laps behind
4 Thomas Sprengers / Simon Verhamme (Bel)                    6 pts
5 Michael Schweizer / Michael Riedle (Ger)                   5
6 Andrew Fenn / Luke Rowe (GBr)                              3
 
Three laps behind
7 Jan Dostal / Jiri Bares (Cze)                             21 pts
8 Christian Kos / Jesper Asselman (Ned)                      5
 
Four laps behind
9 Jackie Simes / Peter Williams (USA/GBr)                    1
 
Five laps behind
10 Damien Corthesey / Pierre Kaeslin (Swi)                   1
 
Ten laps behind
11 Randy Costermans / Gerrit Broeders (Bel)                  5 pts