De Buyst and De Ketele take the lead in Gent on opening night

Cavendish and Keisse in fourth place

Jasper De Buyst and Kenny De Ketele (Baloise Insurance) lead the Six Days of Gent after the opening night of racing that was opened by Felice Gimondi. The Belgian duo lead the standings with 84 poinst.

Racing was briefly halted when a cat ran onto the  Kuipke velodrome during the SuperSprint. Once racing resumed, Michael Vingerling emerged victorious with his 3M team ending the night in 11th place on 20 points

Leif Lampater and Silvan Dillier are second on the standings with 52 points, followed by the Danish duo of Alex Rasmussen and Marc Hester on 50 points.

The Omega Pharma-Quick Step duo of Mark Cavendish and Iijo Keisse are currently fourth on 28 points having placed second in the Points Race, Team Elimination and madison. You can find a full gallery of Cavendish and Keisse's final training session on the track right here.

The winners of the madison, Glen O'Shea and Shane Archbold (Callant - Upgrade Estate), are one of three teams to be one lap down on the leaders while four teams are four laps behind.

 

 

Standings after day one
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPoints
1Jasper De Buyst (Bel) / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Baloise Insurance84 pts
2Leif Lampater (Ger) / Silvan Dillier (Sui) Team Caruur52 
3Alex Rasmussen (Den) / Marc Hester (Den) Team Lotto50 
4Mark Cavendish (GBr) / Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep48 
5Moreno De Pauw (Bel) / Christian Grasmann (Ger) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen30 
6Nick Stöpler (Bel) / Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen29 
7Glen O'Shea (Aus) / Shane Archbold (NZl) Callant - Upgrade Estate56 - 1 lap 
8Morgan Kneisky (Fra) / Vivien Brisse (Fra) T-interim17 
9Albert Torres (Esp) / David Muntaner (Esp) John Saey - Lecot13 
10Ivan Savitsky (Rus) / Viktor Manakov (Rus) Primus Haacht26 - 4 laps 
11Michael Vingerling - Yoeri Havik (Ned) Team 3M20 
12Liss Lucas (Ger)- Andreas Muller (Ger) Vanreusel Snacks8 
13Didier Caspers (Ned) / Melvin Van Zijl (Ned) Eurotyre - JDK2 

 

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