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Van Hoecke and De Ketele first leaders of Amsterdam Six-Day after Day 1

Gijs Van Hoecke and Kenny De Ketele took the early lead in day one of the Amsterdam Six-day. On the track where they made their six-day debut last year, the two Belgians – the 2012 madison world champions – clinched the lead in the final madison over 45 minutes.

They hold a one-point lead over Yoeri Havik and Nick Stöpler.

“We were always one step ahead of the competition. Therefore, they had to attack and we were able to defend. Sometimes that’s a really nice position to be in,” De Ketele said. “Now that we are in the lead, that puts us under a little pressure but hopefully we can keep up this form for the next five days.”

Van Hoecke started the first day with confidence. “After our third place at the European Championships in Apeldoorn last weekend, we knew our legs were good.”

Havik and Stöpler
Youngsters Yoeri Havik and Nick Stöpler immediately showed that they came to Amsterdam with high hopes. They won the 90-lap Madison early in the evening. When the final Madison started they were still in the lead, but Van Hoecke and De Ketele ultimately proved to be just a little bit stronger.

Marguet’s time trial
One of the highlights of the evening was the two-lap time trial by Tristan Marguet and Marc Hester. The Swiss/Danish duo recorded a time of 21.528 seconds and was considerably faster than the competition. Jens Mouris and Wim Stroetinga finished second at nearly seven-tenths of a second. Marguet is known for his fast legs and holds several track records around the globe, which indicates he could improve as the races continues.

Sprint Masters
Hugo Hook is leading the Sprint Masters after day one. Olympic bronze medal winner Teun Mulder sits overall. Matthijs Büchli won the Keirin, a separate event of the sprint event.

General classification after day 1:

1 4 De Ketele Kenny – Van Hoeke Gijs 0 53
2 5 Stöpler Nick – Havik Yoeri 0 52
3 6 Lampater Leif – Kreder Raymond 0 43
4 3 Mouris Jens – Stroetinga Wim 0 30
5 8 Marguet Tristan – Hester Marc 1 31
6 1 Ligthart Pim – Kalz Marcel 1 29
7 7 Markus Barry – Bartko Robert 1 4
8 12 Hochmann Jiri – Hacecky Vojtech 3 29
9 9 Boskamp Melvin – Asselman Jesper 3 26
10 2 Gate Aaron – Roberts, Luke 3 16
11 10 Kreder Wesley – Hoffmann Nolan 3 5
12 13 Caspers Didier – Van Zijl Melvin 4 8
13 11 East Guy – Holloway Daniel 5 4

The Amsterdam Six Day ends on Saturday 26 October 2013.

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