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De Buyst and De Ketele retain Gent lead

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Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse

Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse
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Otto Vergaerde prepares to be slingshotted

Otto Vergaerde prepares to be slingshotted
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Albert Torress and David Muntaner

Albert Torress and David Muntaner
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Albert Torress

Albert Torress
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Nick Stopler and Otto Vergaerde

Nick Stopler and Otto Vergaerde
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Morgan Kneisky during the Dernyalongside Glen O'Shea

Morgan Kneisky during the Dernyalongside Glen O'Shea
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Morgan Kneisky duringf the Derny

Morgan Kneisky duringf the Derny
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Morgan Kneisky

Morgan Kneisky
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Moreno de Pauw records the fastest lap

Moreno de Pauw records the fastest lap
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Marc Hester and Alex Rasmussen

Marc Hester and Alex Rasmussen
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Mark Cavendish with his mechanic

Mark Cavendish with his mechanic
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Ivan Savitsky during the Derny

Ivan Savitsky during the Derny
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Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish
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Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse

Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse
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David Muntaner

David Muntaner
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Alex Rasmussen and Leif Lampater

Alex Rasmussen and Leif Lampater
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Morgan Kneisky

Morgan Kneisky
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Moreno de Pauw and Christian Grasmann

Moreno de Pauw and Christian Grasmann
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Moreno de Pauw and Christian Grasmann

Moreno de Pauw and Christian Grasmann
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Moreno de Pauw and Christian Grasmann slinghsot

Moreno de Pauw and Christian Grasmann slinghsot
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Lucas Liss and Andreas Muller

Lucas Liss and Andreas Muller
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Lucas Liss

Lucas Liss
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Jasper De Buyst

Jasper De Buyst
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Kenny De Ketele and Jasper De Buyst

Kenny De Ketele and Jasper De Buyst
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Glen O'Shea during the Derny

Glen O'Shea during the Derny
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Glen O'Shea following the motobike

Glen O'Shea following the motobike
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Jasper De Buyst (left) and Nick Stopler

Jasper De Buyst (left) and Nick Stopler
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Otto Vergaerde and Nick Stopler

Otto Vergaerde and Nick Stopler
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Vivien Brisse leading Alex Rasmussen

Vivien Brisse leading Alex Rasmussen
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Silvan Dillier checking there's no cats on the track

Silvan Dillier checking there's no cats on the track
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Once again there were big crowds at the Kuipke velodrome

Once again there were big crowds at the Kuipke velodrome
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Thankfully it was another cat free night

Thankfully it was another cat free night
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World champion Albert Torres

World champion Albert Torres
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Iljo Keisse with his bouquet

Iljo Keisse with his bouquet
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Kenny De Ketele leading the peloton

Kenny De Ketele leading the peloton
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Jasper De Buyst leading the peloton

Jasper De Buyst leading the peloton
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Silvan Dillier gets a slingshot from teammate Leif Lampater

Silvan Dillier gets a slingshot from teammate Leif Lampater
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Kenny de Ketele and Jasper De Buyst

Kenny de Ketele and Jasper De Buyst
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Iljo Keisse slingshots Mark Cavendish

Iljo Keisse slingshots Mark Cavendish
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Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse celebrate after the win

Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse celebrate after the win
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UCI President Brian Cookson attended the third day of racing

UCI President Brian Cookson attended the third day of racing
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Brian Cookson with Madison world champion David Muntaner

Brian Cookson with Madison world champion David Muntaner
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Albert Torres in the Derny

Albert Torres in the Derny
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Leif Lampater sprints against Alex Rasmussen (left)

Leif Lampater sprints against Alex Rasmussen (left)
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Leif Lampater and Alex Rasmussen during the sprint

Leif Lampater and Alex Rasmussen during the sprint
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Marc Cavendish celebrates

Marc Cavendish celebrates
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Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma – QuickStep) edged closer to the overall lead at the Gent Six during the third night of racing on Thursday but remain 45 points behind Jasper De Buyst and Kenny De Ketele (Baloise Insurance).

UCI President Brian Cookson watched the racing as a guest of the Belgian Cycling Federation before attending a key meeting of the AIOCC race organisers association at the Flanders cycling museum.  

The Belgian pair lead with a total of 231 points but Cavendish and Keisse now have 187 points after a solid performance on the tight 166m track. Danish pair Alex Rasmussen and Marc Hester (Team Lotto) are third with 162 points but are a lap down on the leaders.

Cavendish and Keisse clashed with De Buyst and De Ketele in the first Madison of the evening, with the Belgians taking victory to score 20 points, while the Omega Pharma-QuickStep pair had to settle for second place and 12 points.

De Buyst and De Ketele also won the one-lap time trial and the third series of the Derny. Cavendish and Keisse bounced back to take score 10 points in the Elimination and won the Super Sprint event. They finished sixth in the final Madison of the evening and pulled back six points on De Buyst and De Ketele, who only finished tenth.

It's not bad, but it could be better," Keisse told Sporza after the racing. "However, our points behind is called already big. I can certainly not deny it."

Keisse admitted that they must start to reduce the gap if they are to win the Gent Six.

"It's not too bad, but it could be better. However our gap in the points is already big, I certainly can't deny it," he said.

"Unlike other years, I don't have super feelings. I do not know what it is, but I don't feel 100% right. Maybe something is coming on. Hopefully will improve as the Six Day progresses and I'll find my good condition. We need to start scoring more points or perhaps even take a lap round during a Madison. Of course it's never easy."

The Gent Six continues on Friday with the fourth evening of racing.  

Results

Standings after day 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamPoints
1Jasper De Buyst (Bel) / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Baloise Insurance231pts
2Mark Cavendish (GBr) / Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quickstep187
3Alex Rasmussen (Den) / Marc Hester (Den) Team Lotto162 - 1 lap
4Leif Lampater (Ger) / Silvan Dillier (Sui) Team Caruur150
5Nick Stöpler (Bel) / Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen121
6Moreno De Pauw (Bel) / Christian Grasmann (Ger) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen104 - 2 laps
7Glen O'Shea (Aus) / Shane Archbold (NZl) Callant - Upgrade Estate122 - 3 laps
8Albert Torres (Esp) / David Muntaner (Esp) John Saey - Lecot82
9Morgan Kneisky (Fra) / Vivien Brisse (Fra) T-interim47 - 9 laps
10Ivan Savitsky (Rus) / Viktor Manakov (Rus) Primus Haacht69 - 10 laps
11Michael Vingerling / Yoeri Havik (Ned) Team 3M34 - 12 laps
12Liss Lucas (Ger) / Andreas Muller (Ger) Vanreusel Snacks12 - 13 laps
13Didier Caspers (Ned) / Melvin Van Zijl (Ned) Eurotyre - JDK6 - 13 lap

 

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