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6-Daagse van Rotterdam 2014

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January 2- 7

January 03, Day 2:

De Buyst/De Ketele take lead in Rotterdam Six

José Been
January 04, 2014, 7:39 GMT,
January 04, 2014, 12:39 GMT

Belgian duo has one lap advantage over competition

Madison hand sling between Kenny de Ketele and Jasper de Buyst

Madison hand sling between Kenny de Ketele and Jasper de Buyst

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Jasper de Buyst and Kenny de Ketele lead the Rotterdam Six-Days after two nights. The Belgian Topsport Vlaanderen duo took important laps on Iljo Keisse/Niki Terpstra in the final madison. The Omega Phama-Quick Step riders should be the main rivals for the remainder of the race, with Dutch Madison champions Jens Mouris (Orica-Greenedge) and Wim Stroetinga, and Michael Mørkøv and Alex Rasmussen as important outsiders.

From the first Madison race in the Ahoy Arena, it became clear that it would come down to a battle between young talent Jasper de Buyst and his experienced partner De Ketele, and last year's winning pair Keisse/Terpstra. The intermediate sprints were fiercely contested between them but the overall victory went to Yoeri Havik/Nick Stöpler, who were the only team to take a lap in the race.

Still in the same lap but still behind on points, De Buyst/De Ketele started to come back during the other events of the night. The team elimination came down to a sprint between the two teams. Jasper de Buyst, only 20 years old, won it. It were Keisse/Terpstra however who broke the 100-point mark and took a bonus lap.

With the Belgians scoring more points in the time trial and winning the derny race, De Buyst/De Ketele also broke the 100-point mark and were on the same lap again as their Omega Pharma-Quick Step rivals. Both pairs didn't win any points in the second elimination to prepare for the final, 200-lap Madison race.

Only two points separated the two teams before the start of the last event. De Buyst/De Ketele were quick to gain a lap but Terptra/Keisse came back with a doublette, lapping the field twice in only 16 laps. In a late move with Mouris/Stroetinga and Havik/Stöpler, the Belgians took back a lap and outsmarted the defending champions. De Buyst sprinted to victory against Stroetinga and took the overnight lead by one lap and a margin of eight points.

“We took an early lap which gave us the advantage”, said De Ketele. “We were in control for a long time but the double lap by Terpstra and Keisse put us under pressure. Fortunately, we were able to straighten things up with a late attack.”

Mørkøv/Rasmussen and Stroetinga/Mouris also sit in the same lap as Keisse/Terpstra but the points difference between the leading teams and the rest of the field is getting bigger.



# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kenny De Ketele / Jasper De Buyst (Bel) RTV Rijnmond 151  pts
2 Niki Terpstra (Ned) / Iljo Keisse (Bel) Flanderijn Incasso 143 - 1 lap  
3 Michael Mørkøv / Alex Rasmussen (Den) VD Valk Hotel Ridderkerk 112 - 1 lap  
4 Jens Mouris / Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Vlasman 68 - 1 lap  
5 Barry Markus (Ned) / Leif Lampater (Ger) Peinemann 73 - 3 laps  
6 Yoeri Havik / Nick Stöpler (Ned) AA Drink 65 - 5 laps  
7 Franco Marvulli / Tristan Marguet (Swi) Mako Cleanng Service 60 - 6 laps  
8 Robert Bartko / Marcel Kalz (Ger) Tacx 40 - 6 laps  
9 Vivien Brisse (Fra) / Marc Hester (Den) Werkgevers Servicepunt 38 - 9 laps  
10 Michel Kreder / Wesley Kreder (Ned) AD 12 - 9 laps  
11 Guy East / Daniel Holloway (USA) Island 200 10 - 9 laps  
12 Melvin Boskamp / Jesper Asselman (Ned) Metec 22 - 10 laps  
13 Arno van der Zwet (Ned) / Nolan Hoffmann (RSA) Holland Werkt 18 - 11 laps  
14 Didier Caspers / Melvin van Zijl (Ned) AM Recycling   0 - 11 laps  
15 Theo Bos (Ned) / Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin 28 - 12 laps