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Cavendish and Keisse retain Gent lead on day 5

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Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse after winning the first Madison

Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse after winning the first Madison
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Vivien Brisse and Morgan Kneisky

Vivien Brisse and Morgan Kneisky
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Viktor Manakov and Ivan Savitsky change over

Viktor Manakov and Ivan Savitsky change over
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Kenny de Ketele edges Iljo Keisse in the sprint for the line

Kenny de Ketele edges Iljo Keisse in the sprint for the line
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Alex Rasmussen slings Marc Hester into the race

Alex Rasmussen slings Marc Hester into the race
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Otto Vergaerd and Nick Stopler

Otto Vergaerd and Nick Stopler
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Nick Stopler celebrated his birthday

Nick Stopler celebrated his birthday
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Derny riders Michel Vaerten and Walter Huybrechts

Derny riders Michel Vaerten and Walter Huybrechts
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Three abreast with Christian Grasmann, Kenny de Ketele and Silvan Dillier

Three abreast with Christian Grasmann, Kenny de Ketele and Silvan Dillier
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Eddy Merckx talks to event organiser and Six Day legend Patrick Sercu

Eddy Merckx talks to event organiser and Six Day legend Patrick Sercu
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Eddy Merckx was the guest starter

Eddy Merckx was the guest starter
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The derny riders wait

The derny riders wait
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Kenny De Ketele and Jasper De Buyst

Kenny De Ketele and Jasper De Buyst
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Iljo Keisse leads Mark Cavendish out on track

Iljo Keisse leads Mark Cavendish out on track
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Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse

Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse
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Iljo Keisse and Mark Cavendish relay

Iljo Keisse and Mark Cavendish relay
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Mark Cavendish's family watch on

Mark Cavendish's family watch on
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Mark Cavendish kisses his daughter after winning the Madison

Mark Cavendish kisses his daughter after winning the Madison
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Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse retained their position at the top of the standings on day five of the Gent Six, despite Cavendish crashing earlier in the night. The pair remain behind Jasper De Buyst and Kenny De Ketele on points, but are one lap ahead of the Dutch duo. Only 48 points, and a lap, separate the leading pairs making it all to play for on the final session on Sunday.

De Ketele and De Buyst quickly regained the lead early in the evening with victory in the team elimination, but it didn’t last long. Cavendish took a tumble in the first Madison of the evening, leaving Keisse to complete some extra laps while the Manxman got back to his feet. Cavendish was back on the bike before long and the Omega Pharma-QuickStep pair went on to win the race, nudging themselves over the 300-point mark and earning a vital bonus lap to move them to the top of the standings.

Cavendish also took victory in second the derny race. Madison World Champions Albert Torres and David Muntaner claimed victory in the final Madison of the evening.

“So proud of my mate @MarkCavendish ! Crashed, jumped on his bike, took a doublette, suffered like hell, won that chase and took the lead!” Keisse wrote on twitter after the session finished. “That's how we do it, keep going, never give up, no pain no gain! Cav you are The Man! I love you in a good way!”

Leif Lampater and Silvain Dillier remain in third place, 18 points ahead of Alex Rasmussen and Marc Hester.

Results

Standings after day 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish(GBr)/ Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep330pts
2Jasper De Buyst (Bel)/ Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Team Baloise Insurance378 +1Lap
3Leif Lampater (Bel)/ Dillier Silvan (Sui) Team Caruur272
4Alex Rasmussen (Den)/ Marc Hester (Den) Team Lotto254
5Nick Stöpler (Bel)/ Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen198 +4Laps
6Moreno De Pauw (Bel) / Christian Grasmann (Ger) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen190 +6Laps
7Albert Torres (Spa)/ David Muntaner (Spa) John Saey – Lecot148 +7Laps
8Glenn O'Shea (Aus)/- Shane Archbold (NZl) Callant - Upgrade Estate174 +13Laps
9Ivan Savitsky (Rus)/ Viktor Manakov (Rus) Primus Haacht130 +19Laps
10Morgan Kneisky (Fra) - Vivien Brisse (Fra) T-Interim67 +20Laps
11Michael Vingerling (Ned)/ Yoeri Havik (Ned) Team 3M84 +24Laps
12Lucas Liss (Ger)/ Andreas Müller (Ger) Vanreusel Snacks34
13Didier Caspers (Ned)/ Melvin Van Zijl (Ned) Eurotyre – JDK6 +25Laps

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