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Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse in the Madison at the Gent Six Day

Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse in the Madison at the Gent Six Day
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The crowd erupts as Iljo Keisse celebrates the final sprint and overall victory of the Gent Six Day

The crowd erupts as Iljo Keisse celebrates the final sprint and overall victory of the Gent Six Day
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Iljo Keisse celebrates the final sprint and overall victory of the Gent Six Day

Iljo Keisse celebrates the final sprint and overall victory of the Gent Six Day
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Iljo Keisse celebrates the final sprint and overall victory of the Gent Six Day

Iljo Keisse celebrates the final sprint and overall victory of the Gent Six Day
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Elia Viviani slings Iljo Keisse toward the final sprint of the final Madison at the Gent Six Day

Elia Viviani slings Iljo Keisse toward the final sprint of the final Madison at the Gent Six Day
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Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), Kenny De Ketele (Team Baloise) and Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal) sprint for the line in the final Madison of the Gent Six

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), Kenny De Ketele (Team Baloise) and Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal) sprint for the line in the final Madison of the Gent Six
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Kenny De Ketele and Robby Ghys (Team Baloise) were a close second at the Gent Six

Kenny De Ketele and Robby Ghys (Team Baloise) were a close second at the Gent Six
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Iljo Keisse and Jasper De Buyst battle on the final day of the Gent Six

Iljo Keisse and Jasper De Buyst battle on the final day of the Gent Six
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Lotto Soudal's Jasper De Buyst and Tosh Van Der Sande celebrate their third place at the Gent Six day

Lotto Soudal's Jasper De Buyst and Tosh Van Der Sande celebrate their third place at the Gent Six day
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Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step Floors) and Robby Ghys (Baloise) compete in the final Madison of the Gent Six Day

Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step Floors) and Robby Ghys (Baloise) compete in the final Madison of the Gent Six Day
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Riders compete in the final Madison at the 2018 Gent Six Day

Riders compete in the final Madison at the 2018 Gent Six Day
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Spectators erupt for Gent Six Day winner Iljo Keisse and Elia Viviani

Spectators erupt for Gent Six Day winner Iljo Keisse and Elia Viviani
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Jasper De Buyst on the track ahead of Iljo Keisse and Elia Viviani in the final Madison at the Gent Six

Jasper De Buyst on the track ahead of Iljo Keisse and Elia Viviani in the final Madison at the Gent Six
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The 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome

The 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome
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The 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome

The 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Elia Viviani follows the derny at Gent Six

Elia Viviani follows the derny at Gent Six
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Team TUI's Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga

Team TUI's Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga
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Lotto Soudal's Jasper De Buyst and Tosh Van Der Sande

Lotto Soudal's Jasper De Buyst and Tosh Van Der Sande
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Team Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen's Jules Hesters and Otto Vergaerde

Team Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen's Jules Hesters and Otto Vergaerde
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Iljo Keisse and Elia Viviani celebrate winning the 2018 Gent Six

Iljo Keisse and Elia Viviani celebrate winning the 2018 Gent Six
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Iljo Keisse and Elia Viviani address the crowd after winning the 2018 Gent Six

Iljo Keisse and Elia Viviani address the crowd after winning the 2018 Gent Six
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Iljo Keisse and Elia Viviani celebrate winning the 2018 Gent Six

Iljo Keisse and Elia Viviani celebrate winning the 2018 Gent Six
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Iljo Keisse celebrates the final Madison sprint and overall victory at Gent Six

Iljo Keisse celebrates the final Madison sprint and overall victory at Gent Six
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Iljo Keisse celebrates the final Madison sprint and overall victory at Gent Six

Iljo Keisse celebrates the final Madison sprint and overall victory at Gent Six
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Gent Six Podium: Robbe Ghys and Kenny de Ketele; Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse; Jasper De Buyst and Tosh Van der Sande

Gent Six Podium: Robbe Ghys and Kenny de Ketele; Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse; Jasper De Buyst and Tosh Van der Sande
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Scenes from the 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome

Scenes from the 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Scenes from the 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome

Scenes from the 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Gent Six Podium: Robbe Ghys and Kenny de Ketele; Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse; Jasper De Buyst and Tosh Van der Sande

Gent Six Podium: Robbe Ghys and Kenny de Ketele; Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse; Jasper De Buyst and Tosh Van der Sande
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Scenes from the 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome

Scenes from the 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Scenes from the 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome

Scenes from the 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Scenes from the 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome

Scenes from the 78th Six Days Gent 2018 at Kuipke Track Velodrome
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Iljo Keisse fought with Baloise pair Kenny De Ketele and Robby Ghys

Iljo Keisse fought with Baloise pair Kenny De Ketele and Robby Ghys
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Kenny De Ketele (Baloise) in the European Madison champion's jersey

Kenny De Ketele (Baloise) in the European Madison champion's jersey
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Elia Viviani slings Iljo Keisse into the action

Elia Viviani slings Iljo Keisse into the action
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TUI pair Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga

TUI pair Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga
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Lotto duo Jasper De Buyst and Tosh Van der Sande make a change

Lotto duo Jasper De Buyst and Tosh Van der Sande make a change
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As ever, the derny racing was fast

As ever, the derny racing was fast
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Elia Viviani edges clear in the derny race

Elia Viviani edges clear in the derny race
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It's time to bring out the derny

It's time to bring out the derny
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Iljo Keisse goes deep to secure overall victory

Iljo Keisse goes deep to secure overall victory
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Elia Viviani and local hero Iljo Keisse won the Gent Six Day on Sunday after taking the final sprint in the final Madison of the day. Keisse set a new record by winning the Gent Six seven times in the 't Kuipke velodrome.

"Gent is the most beautiful six-day race in the world," Keisse said after the finish. "Ask every rider and you’ll get the same response: they all love the public and the incredible atmosphere. It’s been three years since my previous win, and I was super motivated to get the job done together with the amazing rider that Elia is. We gave everything day after day and to be rewarded with the trophy, and the fans’ applause and cheers makes us very happy and proud."

Keisse and Viviani beat Baloise Insurance team of Robbe Ghys and Kenny de Ketele. They were behind on points going into the final Madison and Ghys made a late attack to try to take a lap or stay away. However, Viviani hunted him down and then Keisse sprinted to take maximum points in the finale.

Keisse and Viviani scored a total of 382 points during the six days of racing, with Ghys and De Ketele second with 374 points. Lotto pair Jasper De Buyst and Tosh Van der Sande were third with 348 points. Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt, riding for Callant, finished off the podium in fourth place with 233 points at one lap.

The Gent velodrome was packed with cycling fans, with the beer flowing freely. The crowd was on its feet and singing Keisse's name after the Quick-Step Floors duo secured overall victory.

Keisse emotionally thanked the Gent fans and Viviani on the podium, sparking more cheers of "Iljo! Iljo! Iljo!"

Viviani thanked him for the opportunity to win in Gent for the first time in his career, and the first time in 18 years that an Italian has won.

"I promised to come here on good form and win with him," the Italian said. "After an amazing season on the road this is a victory I won't forget for a long time.

"I've been in love with this superb race and the fantastic atmosphere ever since my first participation a few years ago. This victory, which I'm glad I could claim together with such a six-day racing legend as Iljo, comes after an amazing season for me and it's something I will always remember."