Michael Morkov and Lasse Norman Hansen remain leaders in Sixth...

The world champions lead the pack. ©  GOYVAERTS/GMAX AGENCY

Michael Mørkøv and Lasse Norman Hansen are at the top of the standings in the Six Days of Ghent on Saturday after the first team race of the fifth evening.


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The world champions have 303 points to their name. Two couples now follow in one round. Kenny De Ketele and Robbe Ghys totaled 291 points, while Jasper De Buyst collected 230 points with the German Roger Kluge. Iljo Keisse is placed on three rounds of the Danes with the Briton Mark Cavendish (207 points). The Belgians Otto Vergaerde and Jules Hesters (126 points) will compete on 7 laps.

The Dane Matias Malmberg won the first points race of the evening. In the second points race, the Dutchman Jan-Willem van Schip showed himself stronger than the rest. The team elimination turned into a battle between Morkov/Hansen and De Ketele/Ghys, won by the Danes.

After the track round, Ghys and De Ketele were not allowed to cheer this time.

After the track round, Ghys and De Ketele were not allowed to cheer this time.

No party for De Ketele

In the time trial track round there was a goosebumps moment when Kenny De Ketele and Robbe Ghys started the 166 meters against the time. Everyone jumped up on the speaker’s instructions and started loudly chanting the name ‘Kenny’. De Ketele set the best time with Ghys, 8.565, until Mørkøv and Hansen completely ruined the party going on with 8.527.

The three top teams started the first team race of the day in the same round. Despite the many efforts, De Ketele/Ghys still failed to sell their opponents a round. In the end, De Buyst/Kluge and Keisse/Cavendish were allowed to sprint for the win. In that, Kluge took it.

Tribute to Jolien D’hoore

The 31-year-old Jolien D’hoore was also honored on Saturday evening in the well-filled Gents Kuipke. The women who were working for the omnium in this Six Days formed a guard of honor along which the departing rider passed and saluted the public. “This is a pretty emotional moment for me. I actually started in ‘t Kuipke as a 12-year-old girl. Today I celebrate my farewell there. So the circle is complete. I have built a nice career. A career where I did everything I could. I won classics and showed myself in the Olympic Games, the World Championships and the European Championships,” said D’hoore.

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