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Keisse/O'Shea clash with De Ketele/Van Hoecke on first evening

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Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma)

Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma)
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Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and road world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) raced a 3km pursuit match.

Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and road world champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC) raced a 3km pursuit match.
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World Champion Philippe Gilbert was the honorary starter in Gent

World Champion Philippe Gilbert was the honorary starter in Gent
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World Champion Philippe Gilbert was the honorary starter in Gent

World Champion Philippe Gilbert was the honorary starter in Gent
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Iljo Keisse and Glenn O'Shea in Gent

Iljo Keisse and Glenn O'Shea in Gent
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World Champion Philippe Gilbert was the honorary starter in Gent

World Champion Philippe Gilbert was the honorary starter in Gent
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Philippe Gilbert meets legendary Six Day rider and promoter Patrick Sercu

Philippe Gilbert meets legendary Six Day rider and promoter Patrick Sercu
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World Madison champions Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hoecke sign in

World Madison champions Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hoecke sign in
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Philippe Gilbert and Six Day legend Patrick Sercu

Philippe Gilbert and Six Day legend Patrick Sercu
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The Madison World Champions pose with their prizes

The Madison World Champions pose with their prizes
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Philippe Gilbert rides the track in Gent, Belgium

Philippe Gilbert rides the track in Gent, Belgium
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Iljo Keisse signs in for the Gent Six Day

Iljo Keisse signs in for the Gent Six Day
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Gijs van Hoecke in the Gent Six Day

Gijs van Hoecke in the Gent Six Day
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Kenny de Ketele sporting his Movember moustache

Kenny de Ketele sporting his Movember moustache
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Glenn O'Shea on the Omega Pharma team in the Gent Six Day

Glenn O'Shea on the Omega Pharma team in the Gent Six Day
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Glenn O'Shea partnered with Iljo Keisse for the Gent Six Day

Glenn O'Shea partnered with Iljo Keisse for the Gent Six Day
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Iljo Keisse back in action in the Gent SIx Day

Iljo Keisse back in action in the Gent SIx Day
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Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hoecke are the first leaders of the Ghent Six after a high-speed first night of racing that saw world champion Philippe Gilbert fire the starting gun and swap his road bike for a few laps of the track.

Local hero Iljo Keisse and Australia's Glenn O'Shea battled with De Ketele and Van Hoecke but had to be content with second place, six points in arrears.

Keisse and O'Shea were the early leaders after winning the Elimination while de Ketele and Van Hoecke won the Points Race.

Keisse and O'Shea then combined to win the first Madison race of the event to take a narrow one-point lead over De Ketele and Van Hoecke midway through the opening evening. The rest of the night's racing remained a close battle for supremacy between the two teams.

Two other teams also finished the first night on the lead lap: Denmark's Marc Hester and Lasse Hansen, who won the final Madison, hold third with 53 points while the Dutch pair of Wim Stroetinga and Peter Schep ended the evening in fourth having tallied 39 points. Switzerland's Tristan Marguet and Franco Marvulli managed to earn 66 points on the first night but lost a lap, leaving them in fifth on the standings. Four other teams also remain one lap off the pace.

Before the serious racing began, Philippe Gilbert was the star of the show as he fired the start gun and then took on fellow Belgian Gianni Meersman in a 3km pursuit race.

Gilbert won the friendly race but struggled with the switch from the road. Meersman competed for the first time in the Omega Pharma-Quick Step colours after quitting Lotto-Belisol to join the rival Flemish team last week.

"Many people don't realize it, but this is totally different than on the road. You can't compare it: there's no gears, no brakes and you've still to pedal," Gilbert said.

Full Results

Team elimination
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Glenn O'Shea / Iljo Keisse (Aus/Bel) Omega Pharma20pts
2Gijs Van Hoecke / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator12
3Tim Mertens / Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Caruur10
4Leif Lampater / Tosh Van der Sande (Ger/Bel) Lotto8
5Marc Hester / Lasse Hansen (Den) VDK6
6Silvan Dillier / Robert Bartko (Swi/Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey4
7Andres Muller / Max Stahr (Ger) Geka Kaas
8Nolan Hoffman / Christian Grasmann (RSA/Ger) Oudendijk
9Tristan Marguet / Franco Marvulli (Swi) Eurotyre Bandencentrales
10Steve Schets / Jonathan Breyne (Bel) AVS
11Moreno De Pauw / Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen
12Vivien Brisse / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Callant - Decoranda
13Wim Stroetinga / Peter Schep (Ned) ADMB

Points race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Gijs Van Hoecke / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator20pts
2Wim Stroetinga / Peter Schep (Ned) ADMB12
3Tristan Marguet / Franco Marvulli (Swi) Eurotyre Bandencentrales10
4Vivien Brisse / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Callant - Decoranda8
5Andres Muller / Max Stahr (Ger) Geka Kaas6
6Glenn O'Shea / Iljo Keisse (Aus/Bel) Omega Pharma4
7Silvan Dillier / Robert Bartko (Swi/Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey
8Nolan Hoffman / Christian Grasmann (RSA/Ger) Oudendijk
9Marc Hester / Lasse Hansen (Den) VDK
10Tim Mertens / Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Caruur
11Steve Schets / Jonathan Breyne (Bel) AVS
12Moreno De Pauw / Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen
13Leif Lampater / Tosh Van der Sande (Ger/Bel) Lotto

Lap record
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Silvan Dillier / Robert Bartko (Swi/Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey0:00:08.73
2Gijs Van Hoecke / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:08.83
3Glenn O'Shea / Iljo Keisse (Aus/Bel) Omega Pharma0:00:08.89
4Tristan Marguet / Franco Marvulli (Swi) Eurotyre Bandencentrales0:00:08.94
5Leif Lampater / Tosh Van der Sande (Ger/Bel) Lotto
6Marc Hester / Lasse Hansen (Den) VDK0:00:09.03
7Tim Mertens / Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Caruur0:00:09.06
8Moreno De Pauw / Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen0:00:09.08
9Steve Schets / Jonathan Breyne (Bel) AVS0:00:09.09
10Andres Muller / Max Stahr (Ger) Geka Kaas0:00:09.18
11Wim Stroetinga / Peter Schep (Ned) ADMB0:00:09.20
12Nolan Hoffman / Christian Grasmann (RSA/Ger) Oudendijk0:00:09.22
13Vivien Brisse / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Callant - Decoranda0:00:09.45

Madison
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Glenn O'Shea / Iljo Keisse (Aus/Bel) Omega Pharma20pts
2Wim Stroetinga / Peter Schep (Ned) ADMB12
3Gijs Van Hoecke / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator10
4 (-1 lap)Marc Hester / Lasse Hansen (Den) VDK8
5Silvan Dillier / Robert Bartko (Swi/Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey6
6Tim Mertens / Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Caruur4
7Leif Lampater / Tosh Van der Sande (Ger/Bel) Lotto
8Tristan Marguet / Franco Marvulli (Swi) Eurotyre Bandencentrales
9 (-2 laps)Vivien Brisse / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Callant - Decoranda
10 (-3 laps)Moreno De Pauw / Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen
11Nolan Hoffman / Christian Grasmann (RSA/Ger) Oudendijk
12 (-5 laps)Steve Schets / Jonathan Breyne (Bel) AVS
13Andres Muller / Max Stahr (Ger) Geka Kaas

Mid-evening standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Glenn O'Shea / Iljo Keisse (Aus/Bel) Omega Pharma49pts
2Gijs Van Hoecke / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator48
3Wim Stroetinga / Peter Schep (Ned) ADMB24
4 (-1 lap)Silvan Dillier / Robert Bartko (Swi/Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey20
5Marc Hester / Lasse Hansen (Den) VDK16
6Tim Mertens / Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Caruur14
7Tristan Marguet / Franco Marvulli (Swi) Eurotyre Bandencentrales14
8Leif Lampater / Tosh Van der Sande (Ger/Bel) Lotto11
9 (-2 laps)Vivien Brisse / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Callant - Decoranda8
10 (-3 laps)Moreno De Pauw / Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen
11Nolan Hoffman / Christian Grasmann (RSA/Ger) Oudendijk
12 (-5 laps)Andres Muller / Max Stahr (Ger) Geka Kaas6pts
13Steve Schets / Jonathan Breyne (Bel) AVS

Derny 1
1Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator5pts
2Robert Bartko (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey4
3Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Callant - Decoranda3
4Jonathan Breyne (Bel) AVS2
5Lasse Hansen (Den) VDK1
6Franco Marvulli (Swi) Eurotyre Bandencentrales

Elimination
1Tristan Marguet / Franco Marvulli (Swi) Eurotyre Bandencentrales10pts
2Andres Muller / Max Stahr (Ger) Geka Kaas6
3Nolan Hoffman / Christian Grasmann (RSA/Ger) Oudendijk5
4Leif Lampater / Tosh Van der Sande (Ger/Bel) Lotto4
5Moreno De Pauw / Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen3
6Tim Mertens / Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Caruur2
7Silvan Dillier / Robert Bartko (Swi/Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey
8Vivien Brisse / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Callant - Decoranda
9Steve Schets / Jonathan Breyne (Bel) AVS
10Gijs Van Hoecke / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
11Wim Stroetinga / Peter Schep (Ned) ADMB
12Marc Hester / Lasse Hansen (Den) VDK
13Glenn O'Shea / Iljo Keisse (Aus/Bel) Omega Pharma

Derny 2
1Wim Stroetinga (Ned) ADMB5pts
2Tim Mertens (Bel) Caruur4
3Glenn O'Shea (Aus) Omega Pharma3
4Moreno De Pauw (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen2
5Leif Lampater (Ger) Lotto1
6Nolan Hoffman (RSA) Oudendijk

500m Time Trial
1Tristan Marguet / Franco Marvulli (Swi) Eurotyre Bandencentrales0:00:27.45
2Marc Hester / Lasse Hansen (Den) VDK0:00:27.73
3Gijs Van Hoecke / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator0:00:27.97
4Silvan Dillier / Robert Bartko (Swi/Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey0:00:28.15
5Wim Stroetinga / Peter Schep (Ned) ADMB0:00:28.17
6Glenn O'Shea / Iljo Keisse (Aus/Bel) Omega Pharma0:00:28.30
7Nolan Hoffman / Christian Grasmann (RSA/Ger) Oudendijk
8Moreno De Pauw / Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen0:00:28.38
9Tim Mertens / Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Caruur0:00:28.53
10Steve Schets / Jonathan Breyne (Bel) AVS0:00:29.12
11Leif Lampater / Tosh Van der Sande (Ger/Bel) Lotto0:00:29.14
12Vivien Brisse / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Callant - Decoranda
13Andres Muller / Max Stahr (Ger) Geka Kaas0:00:29.35

Derny Final
1Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator5pts
2Wim Stroetinga (Ned) ADMB4
3Robert Bartko (Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey3
4Glenn O'Shea (Aus) Omega Pharma2
5Tim Mertens (Bel) Caruur1
6Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Callant - Decoranda

Scratch
1Tristan Marguet / Franco Marvulli (Swi) Eurotyre Bandencentrales10pts
2Glenn O'Shea / Iljo Keisse (Aus/Bel) Omega Pharma6
3Steve Schets / Jonathan Breyne (Bel) AVS5
4Marc Hester / Lasse Hansen (Den) VDK4
5Moreno De Pauw / Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen3
6Leif Lampater / Tosh Van der Sande (Ger/Bel) Lotto2
7Gijs Van Hoecke / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
8Wim Stroetinga / Peter Schep (Ned) ADMB
9Andres Muller / Max Stahr (Ger) Geka Kaas
10Vivien Brisse / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Callant - Decoranda
11Silvan Dillier / Robert Bartko (Swi/Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey
12Nolan Hoffman / Christian Grasmann (RSA/Ger) Oudendijk
13Tim Mertens / Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Caruur

Supersprint
1Leif Lampater / Tosh Van der Sande (Ger/Bel) Lotto20pts
2Tristan Marguet / Franco Marvulli (Swi) Eurotyre Bandencentrales12
3Steve Schets / Jonathan Breyne (Bel) AVS10
4Nolan Hoffman / Christian Grasmann (RSA/Ger) Oudendijk8
5Tim Mertens / Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Caruur6
6Moreno De Pauw / Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen4
7Vivien Brisse / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Callant - Decoranda
8Andres Muller / Max Stahr (Ger) Geka Kaas
9Gijs Van Hoecke / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
10Wim Stroetinga / Peter Schep (Ned) ADMB
11Silvan Dillier / Robert Bartko (Swi/Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey
12Glenn O'Shea / Iljo Keisse (Aus/Bel) Omega Pharma
13Marc Hester / Lasse Hansen (Den) VDK

Madison
1Marc Hester / Lasse Hansen (Den) VDK20pts
2Vivien Brisse / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Callant - Decoranda12
3Gijs Van Hoecke / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator10-1lap
4Glenn O'Shea / Iljo Keisse (Aus/Bel) Omega Pharma8
5Moreno De Pauw / Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen6
6Silvan Dillier / Robert Bartko (Swi/Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey4
7Wim Stroetinga / Peter Schep (Ned) ADMB
8Leif Lampater / Tosh Van der Sande (Ger/Bel) Lotto
9Tim Mertens / Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Caruur
10Nolan Hoffman / Christian Grasmann (RSA/Ger) Oudendijk
11Tristan Marguet / Franco Marvulli (Swi) Eurotyre Bandencentrales
12Andres Muller / Max Stahr (Ger) Geka Kaas-2laps
13Steve Schets / Jonathan Breyne (Bel) AVS-3laps

Overall standings after night 1
1Gijs Van Hoecke / Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator78pts
2Glenn O'Shea / Iljo Keisse (Aus/Bel) Omega Pharma72
3Marc Hester / Lasse Hansen (Den) VDK53
4Wim Stroetinga / Peter Schep (Ned) ADMB39
5Tristan Marguet / Franco Marvulli (Swi) Eurotyre Bandencentrales66-1lap
6Silvan Dillier / Robert Bartko (Swi/Ger) Mega Doe-Het-Zelf - John Saey39
7Leif Lampater / Tosh Van der Sande (Ger/Bel) Lotto38
8Tim Mertens / Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Caruur27
9Vivien Brisse / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Callant - Decoranda23
10Moreno De Pauw / Nicky Cocquyt (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen18-3laps
11Nolan Hoffman / Christian Grasmann (RSA/Ger) Oudendijk13
12Andres Muller / Max Stahr (Ger) Geka Kaas12-6laps
13Steve Schets / Jonathan Breyne (Bel) AVS17-7laps

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