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

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Kenny De Ketele and Jasper De Buyst (Baloise Insurance) slingshotting

Kenny De Ketele and Jasper De Buyst (Baloise Insurance) slingshotting
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Shane Archbold returns the favour as he slingshots Glen O'Shea in the madison

Shane Archbold returns the favour as he slingshots Glen O'Shea in the madison
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The Kuipke velodrome

The Kuipke velodrome
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There were large crowds for day one of racing

There were large crowds for day one of racing
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It was fast and furious racing as always

It was fast and furious racing as always
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Iljo Keisse and mark Cavendish

Iljo Keisse and mark Cavendish
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Iljo Keisse at speed

Iljo Keisse at speed
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Mark Cavendish enjoying himself

Mark Cavendish enjoying himself
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Kenny De Ketele during the race

Kenny De Ketele during the race
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Iljo Keisse tries to find Mark Cavendish's (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) hand

Iljo Keisse tries to find Mark Cavendish's (Omega Pharma - Quickstep) hand
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Mark Cavendish gets a slingshot from Iljo Keisse

Mark Cavendish gets a slingshot from Iljo Keisse
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Mark Cavendish gets a slingshot

Mark Cavendish gets a slingshot
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Viktor Manakov and Ivan Savitsky (Primus Haacht)

Viktor Manakov and Ivan Savitsky (Primus Haacht)
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Viktor Manakov and Ivan Savitsky (Primus Haacht) get ready to slingshot

Viktor Manakov and Ivan Savitsky (Primus Haacht) get ready to slingshot
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Viktor Manakov gets slung forward by Primus Haacht teammate Ivan Savitsky

Viktor Manakov gets slung forward by Primus Haacht teammate Ivan Savitsky
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Sligshotting Kenny De Ketele and Jasper De Buyst (Baloise Insurance)

Sligshotting Kenny De Ketele and Jasper De Buyst (Baloise Insurance)
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Kenny De Ketele (Baloise Insurance)

Kenny De Ketele (Baloise Insurance)
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Kenny De Ketele and Jasper De Buyst (Baloise Insurance)

Kenny De Ketele and Jasper De Buyst (Baloise Insurance)
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The riders up high on the banking

The riders up high on the banking
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Jasper De Buyst

Jasper De Buyst
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Jasper De Buyst celebrates

Jasper De Buyst celebrates
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Shane Archbold and Glen O'Shea (Callant - Upgrade Estate)

Shane Archbold and Glen O'Shea (Callant - Upgrade Estate)
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Former madison world champions Vivien Brisse and Morgan Kneisky (T-interim)

Former madison world champions Vivien Brisse and Morgan Kneisky (T-interim)
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Alex Rasmussen gives it his all to slingshot teammate Marc Hester

Alex Rasmussen gives it his all to slingshot teammate Marc Hester
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Shane Archbold is a face of concentration as he slingshots away from teammate Glen O'Shea

Shane Archbold is a face of concentration as he slingshots away from teammate Glen O'Shea
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World champions in the madison David Muntaner and Albert Torres (John Saey - Lecot)

World champions in the madison David Muntaner and Albert Torres (John Saey - Lecot)
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Silvan Dillier and Leif Lampater (Caruur) slingshotting

Silvan Dillier and Leif Lampater (Caruur) slingshotting
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Marc Hester and Alex Rasmussen (Lotto) with their bouquets

Marc Hester and Alex Rasmussen (Lotto) with their bouquets
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Philippe Muyters poses with the Vlaanderen-Baloise team

Philippe Muyters poses with the Vlaanderen-Baloise team
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Race director Patrick Sercu with Felice Gimondi, Philippe Muyters and race organiser Rob Discart

Race director Patrick Sercu with Felice Gimondi, Philippe Muyters and race organiser Rob Discart
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Felice Gimondi shakes hands with Philippe Muyters

Felice Gimondi shakes hands with Philippe Muyters
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Felice Gimondi was a special guest at the race

Felice Gimondi was a special guest at the race
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Five time grand tour winner and 1973 world champion Felice Gimondi

Five time grand tour winner and 1973 world champion Felice Gimondi
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Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Work, Economics, Innovation and Sport, was the opening of the 2014 edition of the race

Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Work, Economics, Innovation and Sport, was the opening of the 2014 edition of the race
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Philippe Muyters on the boards

Philippe Muyters on the boards
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Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Work, Economics, Innovation and Sport, poses on the track

Philippe Muyters, Flemish Minister for Work, Economics, Innovation and Sport, poses on the track
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Eight laps to go...

Eight laps to go...
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Iljo Keisse sends Mark Cavendish speedin away

Iljo Keisse sends Mark Cavendish speedin away
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Viktor Manakov and Primus Haacht teammate Ivan Savitsky

Viktor Manakov and Primus Haacht teammate Ivan Savitsky
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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 Insurance84pts
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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