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Results: London Six Day 2016


Results: London Six Day 2016

The UIV London Six Day Event takes place from the 25th - 30th October 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth II London Olympic Velodrome, in London, United Kingdom. The best Six Day riders from all over the world travel to the home of the London 2012 Olympic Games to do battle. Thank you to British Cycling and their excellent team of commissaries and volunteers for hosting yet another fantastic event.

Day Six

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS MORENO DE PAUW AND KENNY DE KETELE DECLARED THEIR SIX DAY LONDON WIN AS THEIR BIGGEST EVER AFTER DENYING HOME FAVOURITES MARK CAVENDISH AND SIR BRADLEY WIGGINS A FAIRYTALE VICTORY.

The Belgians overhauled their illustrious British rivals with a lap in the closing stages of the final Madison chase, and took the sprint to the line to take the victory on points.

De Ketele and de Pauw, winners of multiple Six Day titles across Europe in recent years, led the competition from midway through the second day until midway through the fifth.

But an enthralling Madison victory for Cavendish and Wiggins on Day Five meant they leapfrogged the Belgians heading into the last day.

However, a powerful final-day performance meant de Ketele and de Pauw leave for the second round of the Six Day Series, in Amsterdam, in December, as London champions and Series leaders.

And de Ketele was left in no doubt about where this victory stands in their palmares.

“With all respect to everybody, this victory is the biggest Six Day victory by far, it’s amazing,” said the 31-year-old from Oudenaarde.

“The last sprint was just a mental thing, the gap was already big enough on points, it was all about gaining that lap back.

“Honestly I think we were a bit lucky, but it’s amazing.”

After an early exit in the elimination race, fourth in the Derny Final - which was won in style by Cavendish and Wiggins - the Belgians went all out for the win in the final hour-long Madison chase.

Entering the race a lap down but a point ahead, the two teams were level heading into the final 40 laps, with de Ketele and de Pauw launching the race-winning solo attack in the final 30 circuits, making the junction with just ten to go.

“It was so hard, it was the hardest 20 laps of our careers, said de Pauw, 25, from Sint-Nicklas. “We knew it would be difficult to gain a lap but we had to because we were a lap behind.

“So we were easy on our efforts in the elimination and Derny to save energy, then in the final chase we went all-or-nothing with 30 laps to go.

“We quickly got half a lap, then it was just the last mental part to get the half a lap, then with ten laps to go we did it.”

Defeat left Cavendish and Wiggins downbeat, but respectful of their opponents.

The event is scheduled to be Wiggins' final race on British soil, with just one more opportunity for him to get a final win before retirement, at another Six Day in Belgium,

“I'm disappointed but, at the same time, pleased it’s over,” said the seven-time world track champion. “It’s no mean feat losing to those guys. They’re real specialists at this. They nearly won the world’s off of us back in March, they took a lap right at the end similar to that.”

And Cavendish, who missed Six Day London last year when recovering through injury, said he could look back on the event with pride.

“It’s been brilliant,” said the reigning Madison world champion. “Crowds have been phenomenal every night and that’s what it’s about.

“The noise was just like when we won the World Championships back in March. We fought and we’re happy we could be in this position.

"We didn’t know how we’d be, so to be fighting for the win was incredible.

“We’re majorly disappointed that we didn’t just win that after all the people who turned out for it, but to lose to Kenny and Moreno - it’s not like we haven’t lost to the best Six Day riders in the world, we’re world champions and we got to ride in front of our home crowd, so we’re happy with that.”

The night’s racing did see some British success, with Chris Latham and Andy Tennant taking the team elimination race, while Marc Hester won the Longest Lap race.

The other competitions saw Katie Archibald take the women’s omnium crown and Joachim Eilers win the sprinter’s event.

Final standings (Laps/Points)
De Ketele/De Pauw 0/391
Wiggins/Cavendish 0/380
Scotson/Meyer -1/344
Lampater/Kalz -3/321
Havik/Stroetinga -3/246
Torres/Mora Vedri -5/288
Kneisky/Thomas -6/250
Morkov/Hester -7/208
Graf/Muller -7/134
Tennant/Latham -9/319
Wood/Dibben -9/223
Grasmann/Beyer -9/167
Marguet/Imhof -11/230
Ligthart/Mouris -11/165
Lamon/Buttazzoni -15/140
Rasmussen/Pedersen -17/133

Day Six Results

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Day Three

KENNY DE KETELE BELIEVED HIS DERNY RACE EXPERIENCE PROVED VITAL AS HE AND FELLOW 2015 CHAMPION MORENO DE PAUW EXTENDED THEIR LEAD AT THE TOP OF THE RANKINGS AT THE HALF WAY STAGE OF SIX DAY LONDON.

The overnight leaders had only prevailed in one event heading into the final race of the night, but de Ketele showed off his Derny prowess to overcome home favourite Bradley Wiggins – extending their Six Day London lead to 41 points in the process.

It seemed as though Wiggins would be roared home by another capacity crowd in the Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome, but the Belgian pulled it out of the bag with a scintillating pass on the home straight.

It completed an exceptional day for the Six Day London holders, with consistency the name of their game as they retained top spot.

Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are second, while Australian pair Callum Scotson and Cameron Meyer rounding off the top three, one lap and 51 points down.

Starting the night with a 19-point lead, the Belgians opened Day Three with a solid second place behind Meyer and Scotson in the Madison chase, beaten only in the final sprint.

And with two fifth-placed finishes to follow, in both team elimination and the 250 Madison TT, the Belgian pair were delighted to take their lead to 41 points at the halfway point of competition.

“We have a nice gap now, on points, but every single event delivers so many points that one mistake in the elimination, and the other team wins it, then bang, you’re 30 points behind,” said de Ketele.

“The lead can go really quickly so we need to stay focussed, keep gaining points, keep it up the front and don’t make any mistakes.

“Brad was at the front for the whole time, and I know from experience that, behind your pacer in third position, as I was the whole race, you get the slipstream of the Derny and the riders in front of you, as well.

“So it was always a little bit easier for me.”

And for de Pauw, there’s no better place to be than top spot, with three more days of intense competition to come.

“We’re tired, but good, leading is always the best thing you can do, but still three days to go,” he said.

“We keep repeating it but that’s the way it is, you can lose one lap fast so you have to stay focussed, stay concentrated and take it day by day.”

The night started in frantic fashion as world champions Cavendish and Wiggins wasted no time getting their evening underway, taking a lap from the opposition in just eight minutes in the Madison chase.

They were to be pegged back, but alongside Meyer and Scotson, the two launched an immediate assault, raising the roof before eventually crossing the line in fifth.

And their crowd-pleasing was not to be done just yet, delivering a sprint masterclass across 250m, with their time of 12.993 seconds enough to take fourth position in the event to go second overall in the standings.

But hot on the heels of the British pair are Meyer and Six Day debutant Scotson, trailing by ten points – although Cavendish and Wiggins have the benefit of an extra lap to their advantage.

Starting as they meant to go on, the Australians stormed to Madison chase victory, finishing the day on 192 points after ending sixth in the team elimination.

But Scotson – winner of the Top Banana award from host Rob Hayles after Day Three – admitted his impressive performance on his first Six Day appearance was starting to have an impact on his body.

“The legs are starting to get used to the racing. I’m getting a little bit tired but the next three nights will be the real hard times,” said Scotson.

“It was close, we were really trying to get the lap in the Madison chase. Then with 15 laps go we realised that wasn’t possible, so we were trying to hang on to the end.”

In other Six Day London 2016 competition, Marc Hester showed the perfect blend of balance and speed to take the crowd-favourite Longest Lap, a victory which puts he and Jesper Morkov seventh in the overall standings.

And it was Swiss pair Tristan Marguet and Claudio Imhof who showed the true need for speed, hitting average speeds above 70km/h in winning the 250 Madison TT in 12.805 seconds.

Elsewhere at Six Day London, Joachim Eilers extended his sprint competition lead to four points after yet another scintillating run in the flying 200m TT.

The German stole the show in his heat, crossing in just 10.366 seconds before overcoming compatriot Max Levy and Trinidad and Tobago’s Njisane Philip in the final.

And there was plenty more for the home crowd to cheer too, with Mathew Rotherham winning an absorbing Keirin final.

The Bolton man had been cut adrift as Nate Koch unleashed a sprint from almost three laps back, but Rotherham – supported by his brother, Tom – came back to take the spoils to sit third overall in the rankings, five points behind Eilers.

But the German has warned his fellow competitors there is plenty more still in the tank.

“I wound back and waited a long time in my sprint final, but I had good patience and then made my attack and fortunately my sprint was enough to win,” he said.

“I’m very comfortable in the lead now. I feel better and better each day now and my 200m qualification time is getting better and better so maybe in a few days, I can break the record.”

Day three of Six Day action saw the 1878 Cup come to its own frantic finish, with Grant Martin and Andy Brown fighting back from a mid-race crash to finish sixth in the last of three 40km Madisons and take the overall title.

Day Three Results

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Day Two

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish won the final Madison on Day Two of the London Six Day to move into second in the overall standings. Belgian duo Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw lead the standings, with Cavendish and Wiggins level on laps, but 19 points down on their rivals.

They had gone into the night’s final event, the 45-minute Madison chase, 24 points behind the leading Belgians with Germany’s Leif Lampater and Marcel Kalz in second and Australia’s Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson in third.

But Cavendish took the final sprint of the Madison, pipping de Pauw on the line, to lift them above their German and Australian rivals as Dutchmen Wim Stroetinga and Yoeri Havik finished third in the night’s final event.

And Wiggins said he was just pleased to prolong the final leg of his career.

“I’ve got to go down the job centre next month so I’d much rather be doing this,” said the five-time Olympic champion.

“We just wanted to make a bit of a statement tonight to the other guys. I think Cav was a bit tired last night with jet lag. We just thought to give it some beans and it’s been a good night.”

And Cav, who appeared to be tearing up on stage with a mixture of sweat and celebratory champagne in his eyes, thanked the crowd - who raised the roof as he crossed the line - for their vocal support.

“It’s incredible,” said the 31-year-old. “Thanks to everyone for coming, honestly it’s so good to race in front of a home crowd.

“People were so enthusiastic last night and the support for myself and Bradley - it’s so nice to see, so thank you. I’m crying, I’m so happy.”

The night’s Six Day proceedings began with the Longest Lap, which saw Cavendish and Wiggins both duck out early as Chris Latham led from the front, holding off the challenge of last night’s winner, Scotson, to take the win for his team.

And Latham - last year’s runner-up with fellow Brit with Ollie Wood - said training in Manchester had a lot to do with his success - but not in the way you’d think.

“It’s just traffic lights, it lets you perfect your track stand,” said the 22-year-old.

“Especially training in Manchester, there are loads of traffic lights there.”

Scotson’s teammate Meyer showed all his class and why he has been a world champion on the track six times, to win the 40-lap Derny race at a canter ahead of France’s Benjamin Thomas and defending champion de Pauw.

Action from the Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London

There was early success for Great Britain in the Win & Out race, but the home riders were outdone by the Belgians de Pauw and de Ketele, with the former beating Cavendish in the first sprint to take the race, before Andy Tennant and Wiggins finished second and third.

The win was the only one of the night for the Belgians, who are delighted to be leading after Day Two.

“It's always nice trying to defend the lead. There are still four more days to come so it’s certainly not over yet,” said de Pauw.

“The Win & Out was new, we had never done it before in Six Day. We went all or nothing in the first sprint and it was a bit of a risk but it worked out well.”

And de Ketele knows their rivals will attack them in the days to come.

“I think Cav and Wiggo and the Australians will be the two strongest teams. It’s not going to be an easy one,” he said. “You need to have eyes everywhere and once you get a little bit to much in the back of the bunch it’s really hard.”

Action from the Six Day Cycling at The Velodrome, London

And there was more German success in the sprinters competition as Joachim Eilers lit up the track to take the win in the 200m flying lap time trial and qualify fastest for the sprinter finals.

In the final he faced off against compatriot Max Levy and Brit Mathew Rotherham, with the 29-year-old German winning a photo-finish to draw level with Eilers in the sprinters overall standings, with two nights of competition complete.

Between the sprint time trials and finals there was time for Thomas Rotherham, who only made the B-final in the sprint, to ease to a comfortable Keirin victory ahead of his brother, Mathew.

“I got lucky,” said the man from Bolton. “Njisane (Philip) had a really strong ride and he brought me to the front, I had a good gap on him and it meant that I was in his slipstream for all the race and when it came to going, I had lots left - so it was a really good race.”

The night begun with the second round of the 1878 Cup, a Madison competition for under-21 riders.

Last night’s eighth-placed finishers, Grant Martin and Andy Brown, took the win by a clear lap, with Moritz Augenstein and Stefan Mastaller finishing in third place, one lap down.

The result leaves the British pairing in the lead with just one night of competition remaining, leading Jules Hesters and Gerben Thijssen by a lap, but 32 points behind the Belgian pair.

Day Two Results

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Day One

German duo Leif Lampater and Marcel Kalz romped into the lead after a frantic first day of competition at the Six Days of London.

The German pair finished fifth in the opening Madison chase, level on laps with winners of the final sprint, Dutchmen Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga.

And a series of strong finishes in the timed events, taking second in the 250m Madison time trial, as well as second in the team elimination race, saw them stack up 78 points, to top the standings.

“It’s definitely great, we didn’t expect to have the lead today,” said Lampeter.

“I thought we didn’t have the legs in the chase, but we made a last-minute attack and it was the last chance to stay in the race.

“We gained the lap and at the end of the day caught a lot of points in every discipline, so we are actually in the lead - we didn’t expect it but we're definitely happy.

“The other guys behind us will definitely go on the attack, but I hope they will look for each other and that is our chance to stay with them as long as possible.

“We definitely have the potential to keep up with the points.”

Five teams sit level on laps at the top of the standings, with reigning champions Moreno de Pauw and Kenny de Ketele second on 71 points.

A further six points back are home duo Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins, who were welcomed into the Lee Valley VeloPark by rapturous applause from the heaving crowd.

Havik and Stroetinga sit in fifth place, with 47 points, and Stroetinga admitted he was surprised by their win in the opening Madison chase.

“It was pretty amazing, we didn’t really expect that,” said the 31-year-old.

“We just thought we’d see, maybe stay in the top five and see what we could do.

“We knew the sprint was coming and my legs were really good so Yoeri said ‘just try’, so I tried and we won.

“We’re feeling good. But it’s only the first night, we’ll see in three nights where we are, and where we can end.”

It was an impressive night for the Swiss pairing of Tristan Marguet and Claudio Imhoff, showing their sprinting prowess to follow their 500m time trial heat victory by tasting further success – this time in the 250m Madison TT.

It seemed as though going early may have been a disadvantage to the duo, but their 12.921s proved unbeatable.

The duo suffered in the opening Madison chase though, losing two laps, and sit 11th in the standings.

“I didn’t have good legs in the Madison,” said Marquet. "I thought after it that my legs weren’t good because we have just come from the European Championships with just one day’s rest.

“But I hoped that later on I would have better legs and we saw that it was perfect.

“In the Madison TT the change was perfect and we won the 500m heat too, so it was good.

“Now we are two laps behind but we hope that in the Madison on Wednesday we have better legs and we can come back in the general classification, but we want to win the TTs again too.”

In other Six Day action, Callum Scotson showed no beginner’s nerves as he stole the limelight on his debut by winning the Longest Lap, helping he and partner Cameron Meyer into fourth overall, 18 points off the lead.

A test of balance, endurance and speed, Scotson showed all the necessary attributes to hold steady on his bike, then going on to win the one-lap sprint to take the points.

The night finished with British success as Andy Tennant led from the front to take a stunning victory in the 40-lap derny race, leaving him and teammate Chris Latham - last year’s runner-up - in sixth.

And there was plenty of home success for the crowd to raise the roof to in the sprint competition, with Matt Rotherham – joined in the event by his brother Tom – unleashing an almighty comeback to overhaul Joachin Eilers and Max Levy by a dramatic photo finish.

Eilers bounced back though with a win in the 200m flying lap, before Trinidad and Tobago’s Njisane Phillip took the final sprinters event of the night, the Keirin.

Earlier in the night German Moritz Augenstein and Austria’s Stefan Mastaller took the 1878 Cup 40km Madison on the final sprint as Six Day London got off to a dramatic start.

It seemed as though Olly Moors and Matthias Van Beethoven, leading almost from the outset, would take the spoils, but Augenstein and Mastaller came through on the last of the 160 laps to clinch the first race.

Keeping themselves within touching distance throughout, Augenstein and Mastaller seemed to time their sprinting race perfectly, overturning the one point required to get the win, with two races to go.

“It takes a lot of pressure off to win the first race so we know where we stand and we know what we’re after and from now on we can enjoy it,” said Mastaller.

Day One Results

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