The Six Days of Gent track meeting has exceeded expectations, with the event looking likely to sell out before it begins on Tuesday, November 20. "The ticket sales are on their last legs; tickets for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday there are very scarce," organiser Patrick Sercu told HLN.be.
"We are offering cycling fans and connoisseurs once again one of the finest fields assembled at the 'Kuipke'," he added. "Switzerland's Bruno Risi and Franco Marvulli are again assured for Gent and will be fighting for the overall win. Iljo Keisse has been partnered with German Robert Bartko. This duo was on its way to overall victory when the tragic accident with Isaac Gálvez occurred and the event was cancelled."
Dutch pairing of Robert Slippens and Danny Stam will again line up on the boards in Gent to fight for the win. "I am very happy with the return of the duo of Stam and Slippens," Sercu explained. "Slippens was forced to forfeit last year due to an injury, but can now return with his fixed partner."
The Czech pair of Petr Lazar and Alois Kankovsky will line up for the first time in their careers in Gent as will Mark Cavendish and future T-Mobile team-mate Bradley Wiggins.
Teams for the Gent six day: Iljo Keisse/Robert Bartko (Ger), Bruno Risi (Swi)/Franco Marvulli (Swi), Robert Slippens (Ned)/Danny Stam (Ned), Petr Lazar (Cze)/Alois Kankovsky (Cze), Bradley Wiggins (GBr)/Mark Cavendish (GBr), Andreas Beikirch (Ger)/Erik Mohs (Ger), Dimitri De Fauw/Alexander Aeschbach (Swi), Kenny De Ketele/Marco Villa (Ita), Luke Roberts (Aus)/Marc Hester (Den), Wim Stroetinga (Ned)/Matthe Pronk (Ned), Steve Schets/Ingmar De Poortere (Bel), Nicky Cocquyt/Steven De Neef (Bel), Tim Mertens/Andreas Muller (Ger).