From Tuesday, November 21 to Sunday, November 26, the small university town of Gent in Northern Belgium will again be the centre of attention for all track cycling lovers. The 66th Gent Sixdays will feature not only some of the world's finest track cyclists, including last year's winner Iljo Keisse, but also the traditional mix of entertainment, food and beer. On Wednesday, former Tour de France boss Jean-Marie Leblanc will visit the "Kuipke" indoor track, as the greatest road race on earth will pass through Gent next summer.
Local hero Keisse, who won the event in 2005 together with Matthew Gilmore, will this year team up with German Robert Bartko. They will face strong competition from Swiss duo and Grenoble Six winners Franco Marvulli and Alexander Aeschbach, as well as from Munich winner Bruno Risi, who this time pairs with Leif Lampater, and many other champion cyclists.
The full list of competitors reads as follows: