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68th Zesdaagse Vlaanderen - 6D1

Gent, Belgium, November 18-23, 2008

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Day 4 - November 21:

Keisse, Bartko take back lead at latest possible moment

By Bjorn Haake in Gent

Local hero Iljo Keisse leads together with German partner Robert Bartko
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An epic battle saw Iljo Keisse and Robert Bartko maintain their lead at the Six Day in Gent on night four. The duo had to wait until 1:57 AM to reclaim the lead they had lost to Erik Zabel and Leif Lampater in the second Madison of the evening.

Bartko finished fifth in the Keirin, yielding him three points. That brought his team across 300 points, which offered a bonus lap. Keisse and Bartko are now equal on laps to Zabel and Lampater, but have 56 more points than the Germans.

Kenny De Ketele and Andreas Beikirch continued to battle Bruno Risi and Alexander Aeschbach for third spot. Both teams are one lap down on the leaders, with De Ketele and Beikirch sitting on 207 points versus the 164 that the Swiss duo has gathered.

Outsiders stir things up

Fierce racing saw the second guards step up
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In the opening points race it was the team in last place overall, Nicky Cocquyt and Ingmar De Poorteere, that took the most points. The duo, who are 40 laps down overall, won the first and last sprints in addition to finishing second and third on two other occasions.

Things went less well for Cocquyt in the team elimination race, when he touched wheels with Marc Hester. Both crashed and the race was neutralised while Hester was on the ground for a minute, but eventually all riders were on board again.

There was more drama due to a referee problem when four teams were left in the race. Keisse was clearly last going over the line, but no one was announced to leave the race. Keisse kept going, while Alexander Aeschbach went off the track. The Swiss rider clearly thought he went over the line in last spot. His partner Bruno Risi had a better feeling and was urging Aeschbach on to give him a handsling.

The board eventually showed that Keisse/Bartko were out but the overall leaders continued, only to be bettered in the next sprint by Zabel/Lampater and De Ketele/Beikirch. As Bartko pedaled through the start/finish area, he jokingly offered his glasses to the jury.

Lampater recovered best from the confusion and held down De Ketele in a hotly contested sprint.

Madison action

Local hero Iljo Keisse and Bartko took out the first Madison
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Five pairs constantly attacked throughout the Madison: Keisse/Bartko, Risi/Aeschbach, Danny Stam/Peter Schep, Zabel/Lampater and De Ketele/Beikirch. The 10 riders eventually gained two laps on the other contestants, after 30 minutes of furious racing.

Just as the 40 minutes expired Tim Mertens/Andreas Müller and Leon Van Bon/Pim Ligthart managed to reduce their gap to one lap. After the buzzer 10 more laps followed and Risi/Aeschbach immediately went off the front, but their attack was short lived as the field brought the Swiss duo back with five laps remaining.

Lampater launched off the front with two laps to go, and handed over to Zabel right at the bell lap. But Keisse had none of it and held Zabel to his favourite second place. Once again, the crowd went nuts as Keisse crossed the line with his typical front wheel lift.

Zabel and Lampater received a bonus lap in the overall, thanks to crushing the two-hundred point barrier. But Keisse/Bartko were still ahead by 259 to 208 points.

Derny noise

Pim Ligthart won the first Derny race
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The first derny race was won by Ligthart with derny-man Bruno Walrave. Second was Andreas Müller, with Michel Vaarten making the pace while Joop Ziljaard had to settle for third, with Dimitri de Fauw on his wheel.

Steven de Neef took out the elimination race, holding down his final rival, Leon van Bon, in a sprint down the line.

The second derny race came down to a tight battle between de Ketele and Risi. Risi had hung far back for most of the race, but passed all but De Ketele. De Ketele hung tough and Risi was unable to come around him.

The 500m saw yet another tactic employed. The usual launch time of the partner is after one of three laps. Yesterday Stam/Schep did it after a lap and a half, leaving them in last spot. Mertens/Müller handed it over already after a little more than half a lap. They scored a 29.43, which certainly wasn't last place. In fact, that was the same time as three other teams had scored, ranked between fourth and seventh.

The winner was once again the pair of Keisse and Bartko, only one of two teams to beat the 29-second barrier, with a 28.03. Van Bon/Ligthart scored a 28.64.

Lead change

Zabel (l) and Lampater in their lap of honour after winning the second Madison
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The second Madison was once again dominated by the five strong teams of Keisse/Bartko, Risi/Aeschbach, Stam/Schep, Zabel/Lampater and De Ketele/Beikirch. After several changes on laps down, De Ketele/Beikirch were the last one to catch up with 15 minutes remaining. The duo weren't happy yet and immediately went off the front again. They gained a quarter lap, but the others made sure it wasn't going to become more.

Zabel and Lampater used the next opportunity to bring them ahead. With the 40 minutes elapsed, it was Zabel/Lampater, Risi/Aeschbach and Stam/Schep one lap ahead, with Keisse/Bartko stuck behind. They had 10 more laps to try to bring them back, but were kept in check pretty well.

Risi/Aeschbach stormed off the front with three to go, putting Zabel/Lampater on the defensive. Zabel took the lead with less than a lap to go, just as Risi handed over to Aeschbach. The two sprinted for the line shoulder-to-shoulder, but Zabel prevailed by half a wheel.

The gained lap brought the Germans onto the top of the overall, with 238 points. Keisse/Bartko had 290 points, but were now a lap down.

Risi and Aeschbach had a rare hand over miss in the super sprint, which saw them kicked out of the competition early. Van Bon/Ligthart tried to get ahead of the remaining six teams by timing their hand-over to perfection, but Mertens and Müller paid attention and won the sprint.

De Fauw took the scratch race ahead of Ligthart. In the derny Keisse lapped the field and won the sprint, bringing down the house once more. It left Keisse and Bartko just one point short of the bonus lap on 299 points.

Outsiders took the elimination and the derny races with De Poortere and De Neef claiming the wins respectively, leaving Zabel and Lampater in the lead.

The only event left on the evening was the Keirin. Roberts surprised Risi and Lampater, while Bartko was stuck behind. Bartko received three points, bringing his pair above 300, which meant a bonus lap and the overall lead.

Steels/Van der Sande dominate UIV Cup despite crash

Tosh van der Sande (r) launches Stijn Steels for the win
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Even though Stijn Steels and Tosh Van der Sande didn't win the 500m time trial event, but their second place extended their overall lead to Americans Austin Carroll and Guy East. The Belgians scored a 29.44, while East and Carroll came in at 29.97. The race was won by Jan Dostal and Jiri Bares, who stormed around the three laps in 29.19.

British pair Andrew Fenn and Luke Rowe ended the event in fourth place, with a 30.44. Jackie Simes and Peter Williams missed out on points by only 15 hundredths of a second.

The Madison was once again dominated by Steels and Van der Sande, who easily took the first two sprints ahead of Fenn and Rowe. East and Carroll finished third in the second sprint. The American looked in a better position for the third sprint, but a missed handover ended those chances.

East was going to launch Carroll, but their hands slipped past each other. It took a while until Carroll had caught up again and the hand-sling had to be done with their respective other arms.

Drama didn't end here as Simes crashed heavily when his partner Peter Williams slid in to him. Moments later things got worse, as yellow jersey Steels fell during his attempt to handover to Van Der Sande.

In the end, though, all riders could finish the race.

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Results

Points
 
1 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                           15 pts
2 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                 10
3 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                       9
4 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   9
5 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                 7
6 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht           5
7 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                           3
8 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                           3
9 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                      2
10 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                        2
11 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                       1
12 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                              
 
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 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                       10
4 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                  8
5 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                 6
6 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                           4
7 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                               
8 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                          
9 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                            
10 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                      
11 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                       
12 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                            
 
Flying lap
 
1 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen            0.08.80
2 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                           0.08.90
3 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                     0.09.10
4 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                          
5 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                               
6 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht     0.09.20
7 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne             0.09.30
8 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                             
9 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                  0.09.40
10 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi               0.09.50
11 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                    0.09.60
12 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                0.09.80
 
Madison 1
 
1 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                 20 pts
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht          12
3 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                          10
4 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   8
5 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                        6
 
One lap down
6 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                              4 pts
7 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                  
 
Two laps down
8 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                       
 
Three laps down
9 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                          
10 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                           
 
Four laps down
11 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                       
 
Derny
 
1 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                              5 pts
2 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                 4
3 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                           3
4 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                            2
5 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                      1
6 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                          
 
Elimination
 
1 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                          10 pts
2 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                              6
3 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                         5
4 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                 4
5 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                        3
6 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                           2
7 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                    
8 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht            
9 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                       
10 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                            
11 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                  
 
Derny
 
1 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   5 pts
2 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                        4
3 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                  3
4 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht           2
5 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                           1
6 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                        
 
500 metre sprint
 
1 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen            0.28.00
2 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                        0.28.60
3 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                0.29.20
4 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht     0.29.40
5 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                         
6 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                            
7 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                  
8 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne             0.29.50
9 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                      0.29.60
10 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                  0.29.90
11 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                    0.30.30
 
Madison 2
 
1 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht          20 pts
2 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                       12
3 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                          10
 
One lap down
4 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                  8 pts
5 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   6
 
Two laps down
6 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                 4 pts
7 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                       
 
Three laps down
8 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                               
9 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                            
 
Four laps down
10 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                         
11 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                       
 
Sprint
 
1 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                20 pts
2 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                             12
3 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                     10
4 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                            8
5 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                         6
6 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                  4
7 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                            
8 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht            
9 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                    
10 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                        
11 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                           
 
Scratch race
 
1 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                          10 pts
2 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                              6
3 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                         5
4 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   4
5 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                 3
6 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                            2
7 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                            
8 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                         
9 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                   
10 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                       
11 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht           
12 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                      
 
Derny
 
1 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                  5 pts
2 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   4
3 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht           3
4 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                           2
5 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                        1
 
Elimination
 
1 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                           10 pts
2 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                              6
3 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                      5
4 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   4
5 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                           3
6 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                       2
7 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                          
8 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                            
9 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                  
10 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                        
11 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht           
12 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                  
 
Derny
 
1 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                           5 pts
2 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                              4
3 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                      3
4 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                 2
5 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                            1
6 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                          
 
Keirin 1
 
1 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                      10 pts
2 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                      6
3 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht           5
4 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                        4
5 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                  3
6 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                           2
 
Keirin 2
 
1 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                          10 pts
2 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                              6
3 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                         5
4 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                   4
5 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                            3
6 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                                 2
 
Standings after night four
 
1 Iljo Keisse (Bel) / Robert Bartko (Ger) Topsport Vlaanderen                302 pts
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf Deschacht         246
 
One lap down
3 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) / Andreas Beikirch (Ger) Capri-Sonne                 207 pts
4 Bruno Risi (Swi) / Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) Mercator                      164
 
Two laps down
5 Danny Stam (Ned) / Peter Schep (Ned) VDK Spaarbank                         118 pts
 
Eight laps down
6 Tim Mertens (Bel) / Andreas Muller (Ger) JDK                               190 pts
 
11 laps down
7 Casper Jörgensen (Den) / Jens-Erik Madsen (Den) Jartazi                    170 pts
 
12 laps down
8 Luke Roberts (Aus) / Marc Hester (Den) Callant - Groep                     129 pts
 
15 laps down
9 Leon Van Bon (Ned) / Pim Ligthart (Ned) Fischer                            193 pts
 
18 laps down
10 Dimitri De Fauw (Bel) / Steven Deneef (Bel) Camoso                        150 pts
 
20 laps down
11 Angelo Ciccone (Ita) / Fabio Masotti (Ita) Geka Kaas                       90 pts
 
40 laps down
12 Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) / Ingmar Depoortere (Bel) AVS                         111 pts