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De Ketele and De Pauw win the Six Day London

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Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw in the spotlight

Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw in the spotlight
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Nate Koch of the USA after the Keirin race

Nate Koch of the USA after the Keirin race
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Lasse-Norman Hansen and Chris Latham go on the attack

Lasse-Norman Hansen and Chris Latham go on the attack
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Gijs van Hoecke leads the line

Gijs van Hoecke leads the line
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Nate Koch of the USA vents his emtions after the Keirin

Nate Koch of the USA vents his emtions after the Keirin
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British riders Chris Latham and Ollie Wood congratulate Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw

British riders Chris Latham and Ollie Wood congratulate Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw
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Chris Latham and Ollie Wood in action

Chris Latham and Ollie Wood in action
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Chris Latham and Ollie Wood on the podium

Chris Latham and Ollie Wood on the podium
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Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw celebrate winning Six Day London

Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw celebrate winning Six Day London
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The action was fast and furious on the final night of racing

The action was fast and furious on the final night of racing
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Iljo Keisse and Gijs van Hoecke (in yellow) make a change

Iljo Keisse and Gijs van Hoecke (in yellow) make a change
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Six Day London was a success thanks to a new formula of racing

Six Day London was a success thanks to a new formula of racing
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Six Day London was the first time a s-day had been held in London for 35 years

Six Day London was the first time a s-day had been held in London for 35 years
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Britain's Mathew Rotherham celebrates winning the B final of the Keirin

Britain's Mathew Rotherham celebrates winning the B final of the Keirin

The first edition for the revised and modernised Six Day London ended with a thrilling and entertaining finish on Friday night with Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw claiming overall victory in a close fight with young Britains Chris Latham and Ollie Wood. In true six-day tradition, the racing came down to the final sprint, with De Ketele coming through to secure overall victory.

“I am so happy,” said De Pauw on the race website. “I am so proud of us as before the Six Day London if you would of said that we would win it, I would have called you crazy, but we did it. When we were here for the Olympics in London, the atmosphere of the Six Day was almost the same - I thought the roof was going off it was amazing.

De Ketele explained that the Belgian pair used their six-day experience to win.

“When you are British and leading like Chris and Ollie were it is never easy, and we have had that experience in Six Day and we knew it was going to be hard for them. We profited from that, but those young boys did a really good job. Moreno and I are best friends, we are always together on the road, we do not mind racing more Six Days together and after January I think there will not be one Six Day we will not do together.”

With the velodrome again packed with a noisy crowd, Iljo Keisse and Gijs Van Hoecke won the first 20km madison but De Pauw and De Ketele were not far behind. Latham then won the first long lap of Six Day London ahead of Glen O’Shea of Australia, with Wood not far behind in third to make it a big points haul for team seven. De Ketele made his experience count to pip Germain Burton in the derny final, with Niki Terpstra and Keisse just behind.

However, Latham and Wood took back-to-back victories in the team elimination, and the flying 500m time-trial saw them earn enough points for an extra lap. That shot them to the top of the leader board with only the final chase remaining. The leadership and overall victory swung backwards and forwards but De Ketele’s final flourish saw him and De Pauw take top spot on the final podium.

In the sprinters’ race, Denis Dmitriev held off the challenge of Brit Matt Rotherham to claim the overall title, while Norway’s Stenberg took victory in the women’s Omnium ahead of Stefanie Pohl.

 

 

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