De Ketele and Van Hoecke win 21st Amsterdam Six-day

 

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De Ketele and Van Hoecke win 21st Amsterdam Six-day

Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hoecke won the 21st Amsterdam Six-Day this evening. The former Madison world champions defeated Leif Lampater and Raymond Kreder in a spectacular final chase. Jens Mouris and Wim Stroetinga claimed the third place.

The favourites didn’t give each other time to get into the rhythm at the beginning of the last night. During the first Madison, there were lots of attacks and every move was covered with another one. Eventually, Lampater and Kreder were the only ones to take a lap.

Five couples fought for the overall win in the second Madison after Stöpler-Havik and De Ketele-Van Hoecke went round early. De Ketele and Van Hoecke, however, pulled off a doublette in the closing laps to secure the victory.

“We had gathered enough points during the week, so we didn’t have to focus on the sprints and were able to go full-throttle”, said De KeteIe. “Tactically, we did great.”

The win in Amsterdam is Van Hoecke’s first six-say victory ever. “It’s very nice to take my first win here, as last year’s event was my first ever six-day.”

Track record
Tristan Marguet and Marc Hester put in a record-breaking performance in the two-lap trial. The Swiss-Danish combination won the event for the sixth day in a row and did so in a time of 21.495 seconds – a new track record.

Sprinters
Teun Mulder claimed the victory in the Keirin Masters. A third place would have been sufficient, but the sprinter, bronze medallist at the London Olympics, ended the week in style by winning. In the final of the Sprint Masters, Hugo Haak took on Matthijs Büchli. The winner of the race would not only win heat but also take the overall. Haak beat Büchli on the line and went home with the flowers.

Peter Schep
Peter Schep waved off at the Amsterdam Velodrome during the final day. The seven-time six-day winner decided to retire due to a lingering injury but rode one last derny race. Behind Ron Zijlaard the former European champion, out-gunned some old friends and colleagues.

Final classification Amsterdam Six Day 2013:

Rk Nr Teams Rnd Pts
1 4 De Ketele Kenny – Van Hoeke Gijs 0 282
2 6 Lampater Leif – Kreder Raymond 0 245
3 3 Mouris Jens – Stroetinga Wim 1 255
4 1 Ligthart Pim – Kalz Marcel 1 226
5 5 Stöpler Nick – Havik Yoeri 3 243
6 8 Marguet Tristan – Hester Marc 7 194
7 7 Markus Barry – Bartko Robert 8 44
8 12 Hochmann Jiri – Hacecky Vojtech 11 135
9 9 Boskamp Melvin – Asselman Jesper 12 134
10 10 Kreder Wesley – Hoffmann Nolan 15 114
11 2 Gate Aaron – Roberts, Luke 18 92
12 13 Caspers Didier – Van Zijl Melvin 21 33
13 11 East Guy – Holloway Daniel 27 33

 

General classification Keirin Masters 2013:

Rk Nr Name Pts
1 1 Mulder Teun 13
2 2 Haak Hugo 18
3 5 Buchli Matthijs 18
4 4 Hoogland Jeffrey 24
5 6 Van ‘t Hoenderdaal Nils 26
6 3 Hommes Bart 27

General classification Sprint Masters 2013:

Rk Nr Name Pts
1 2 Haak Hugo 15
2 5 Buchli Matthijs 16
3 4 Hoogland Jeffrey 19
4 6 Van ‘t Hoenderdaal Nils 20
5 1 Mulder Teun 24
6 3 Hommes Bart 32

Six Day So Far & Live Stream Finale

 

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Amsterdam Six-Day comes down to the wire

The final day of the 21st Amsterdam Six-Day promises to be extremely exciting. As many as five couples still have a shot at the overall victory. Jens Mouris and Wim Stroetinga are in the best position. They have 208 points and a one/lap advantage over Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hoecke (212 points).

Mouris and Stroetinga were in control during the second Madison of the night. The pair quickly took a lap and was then able to control. In particular, De Ketele and Van Hoecke placed some vicious attacks, but the two Dutchman managed to dismantle every move.

“After we took that lap, we were in control,” said Mouris. Stroetinga knows taking the overall win will be hard. “It’s going to be exciting. Regarding points, the other teams are pretty close.”

No risks
During the first Madison of the night the favourites didn’t take any risks. They kept their powder dry. Melvin Boskamp and Jesper Asselman benefited. Along with Aaron Gate and Luke Roberts, the two young Dutchmen claimed a lap. During the nine intermediate sprints, Boskamp and Asselman collected more points than their two opponents from Down Under and thus won.

Mulder on the right track
Matthijs Büchli triumphed in today’s Keirin. Teun Mulder, however, is in the best position. Thanks to his second place the Dutchman just needs to finish third during the final event to secure the overall victory in the Keirin Masters.

Wide open
The Sprint Masters battle is wide open. Hugo Haak claimed the victory in the sprint final and rose from the fourth to the first position. He shares the lead with Büchli, who also has 14 points. With a total amount of 16, Jeffrey Hoogland and Nils van ‘t Hoenderdaal also have a chance for the overall win.
General classification after day 5:

Pl Nr Teams Rnd Pnt
1 3 Mouris Jens – Stroetinga Wim 0 208
2 4 De Ketele Kenny – Van Hoeke Gijs 1 212
3 5 Stöpler Nick – Havik Yoeri 1 203
4 1 Ligthart Pim – Kalz Marcel 1 179
5 6 Lampater Leif – Kreder Raymond 2 193
6 8 Marguet Tristan – Hester Marc 4 167
7 7 Markus Barry – Bartko Robert 6 36
8 12 Hochmann Jiri – Hacecky Vojtech 9 131
9 9 Boskamp Melvin – Asselman Jesper 9 110
10 10 Kreder Wesley – Hoffmann Nolan 11 83
11 2 Gate Aaron – Roberts, Luke 13 75
12 13 Caspers Didier – Van Zijl Melvin 17 22
13 11 East Guy – Holloway Daniel 22 31

 

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Ligthart in pole-position for Amsterdam repeat

Pim Ligthart went to work during the fourth day of Amsterdam Six Day this evening. By finishing second in the final Madison the Dutchman, winner of last year’s event and his German partner Marcel Kalz claimed the overall lead. The duo holds a one-lap advantage over the rest of the field.

“The last couple of days we kept coming closer and closer,” said Ligthart. “Now we finally have the lead and that’s a good position to be in. We still have plenty of work to do, though. The Belgians are still a threat. They nearly have 200 points and can easily pass us with the corresponding bonus lap.”

The Belgians
Ligthart referred to Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hoecke, who have 188 points in their bag. Ligthart and Kalz have only 134.

Mouris & Stroetinga
Jens Mouris and Wim Stroetinga won in the final Madison. In the final fifteen minutes, the Dutch duo took control by taking a lap on the others. After that, they controlled and Stroetinga finished the trick by outsprinting Kalz.

Kisses & flowers
The favourites decided to save their powers during the first Madison of the evening. It gave Nolan Hoffmann and Wesley Kreder the opportunity to take the kisses and the flowers. The South African-Dutch duo escaped with Czechs Jiri Hochmann and Vojtech Hacecky and topped them in the sprint.

Keirin & Sprint Masters
Hugo Haak had a bad day in the Keirin Masters – a separate part of the sprint tournament. Thanks to finishing sixth and last, the Dutchman lost his lead to Teun Mulder. Mulder now has a three-point lead over Hague, who still sits second overall. The win, however, went to Jeffrey Hoogland.
The fight for the Sprint Masters title is still very much open. Nils van ‘t Hoenderdaal won the sprint and moved into the lead with Matthijs Büchli.
General classification after day 4:

Pl Nr Teams Rnd Pnt
1 1 Ligthart Pim – Kalz Marcel 0 134
2 4 De Ketele Kenny – Van Hoeke Gijs 1 188
3 5 Stöpler Nick – Havik Yoeri 1 170
4 6 Lampater Leif – Kreder Raymond 1 168
5 3 Mouris Jens – Stroetinga Wim 1 148
6 8 Marguet Tristan – Hester Marc 2 145
7 7 Markus Barry – Bartko Robert 4 24
8 12 Hochmann Jiri – Hacecky Vojtech 7 107
9 10 Kreder Wesley – Hoffmann Nolan 8 61
10 9 Boskamp Melvin – Asselman Jesper 9 80
11 2 Gate Aaron – Roberts, Luke 11 54
12 13 Caspers Didier – Van Zijl Melvin 14 21
13 11 East Guy – Holloway Daniel 19 20

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The Amsterdam Six Day ends on Saturday 26 October 2013.

 

 

Six Day Results & Day 4 – Live Stream

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Havik and Stöpler dig deep for lead

Yoeri Havik and Nick Stöpler became the new leaders of the Amsterdam Six Day after day three. The favourites kept a close eye on each other in tonight’s final Madison, but the youngsters still managed to break free in the final part of the race. Together with Pim Ligthart/Marcel Kalz and Robert Bartko/Barry Markus they lapped the rest of the field. Ligthart and Kalz took the win, but their second place brought Havik and Stöpler the overall lead.

“It was very hard”, puffed Havik right after the victory lap. “We gave everything we had. When we took a lap, we had to chase again right away.”

The third day was a good day for Havik and Stöpler but the Dutchmen keep the champagne in the fridge. “We’ll eat as much as we can and then we’ll go to bed immediately”, said Stöpler.

Leif Lampater and Raymond Kreder lost the lead on Wednesday. The German-Dutch couple triumphed in the elimination race but couldn’t keep up with the best duo’s in the final Madison. They are now second overall.

Standing ovation
The Belgian duo De Ketele/Van Hoecke clearly had plans going into the third night. They opened a barrage of attacks during the final Madison. De Ketele also entertained the crowd during the second derny ride. The Deelen Verswaren rider was at the back of the field for a long time, but decided to accelerate during the final part of the race. In ultimate fashion he caught up with Barry Markus and Pim Ligthart. In the last 200 metres he overtook the two, which provided him the win a standing ovation by the Amsterdam crowd.

Sprinters
Hugo Haak had set his sights on the Masters Keirin on Wednesday. He lost narrowly to Bart Hommes, but now, thanks to his second place, shares the overall lead with Teun Mulder. Both men have seven points. Bart Hommes and Nils van ‘t Hoenderdaal are third with a total of eleven.

Haak lost his lead in the Sprint Masters because of his efforts in the Keirin Masters. After a sixth place in the sprint final, he dropped to the second place, which he shares with van ‘t Hoenderdaal and Hoogland. Matthias Büchli won the Sprint Masters and will start day four in the lead.
General classification after day 3:

Pl Nr Koppels Rnd Pnt
1 5 Stöpler Nick – Havik Yoeri 0 135
2 6 Lampater Leif – Kreder Raymond 0 127
3 1 Ligthart Pim – Kalz Marcel 0 102
4 4 De Ketele Kenny – Van Hoeke Gijs 1 140
5 8 Marguet Tristan – Hester Marc 1 107
6 3 Mouris Jens – Stroetinga Wim 1 107
7 7 Markus Barry – Bartko Robert 2 24
8 12 Hochmann Jiri – Hacecky Vojtech 7 75
9 9 Boskamp Melvin – Asselman Jesper 7 63
10 10 Kreder Wesley – Hoffmann Nolan 7 37
11 2 Gate Aaron – Roberts, Luke 8 45
12 13 Caspers Didier – Van Zijl Melvin 12 19
13 11 East Guy – Holloway Daniel 13 9

 

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Attacking Lampater and Kreder rewarded with day-2 lead

Leif Lampater and Raymond Kreder was the most attentive couple during the final Madison of day two of Amsterdam six-day. Thanks to a sharp race the German-Dutch duo rose to the top position this evening. The two riders have a one-lap advantage over the rest of the field heading into tomorrow.

“We actually only wanted to stay in the same lap as the competition, but in the final we were able to take an additional one,” said Kreder. “In the end, we started to get tired but we managed to hold on. Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hoecke are very strong but we now have an advantage that we can defend.”

Lampater and Kreder was the only couple who was able to sneak along with Marcel Kalz and Pim Ligthart in the final of the second Madison. The latter duo moved clear for the victory while also helping their German and Dutch colleagues to take lead. The two riders were rewarded for their attacking spirit on the Amsterdam woodwork with the sprint win.

Lap loss
Kalz and Ligthart tried to make up for their lap loss on the opening day during the first Madison. Initially, it looked like if they’d actually go free but the high-paced peloton reeled them in. Lampater and Kreder took the plunge a few laps later but couldn’t keep up their efforts until the line. They went to Melvin Boskamp and Jesper Asselman, who had gathered enough points along the way to begin day-two in the best possible way.

Marguet and Hester
Tristan Marguet and Marc Hester couldn’t improve their time trial. During the opening day they got the crowd roaring thanks to a 21:528. Today, they still managed to win with 21:684 but they couldn’t close in on Jimi Madsen’s and Marthy Northstein’s track record of 21:490. The Swiss-Danish duo still has four days to re-write the Amsterdam history books.

The sprinters
Hugo Haak is leading the Sprint Masters GC after day two. With four points, he has a one-point advantage over Jeffrey Hoogland, who’s second. Teun Mulder is the new leader in the Keirin Masters. The winner of Olympic bronze at the 2012 London Games won and took over the top spot from Matthijs Büchli in the Keirin.
General classification after day 2:

Pl Nr Koppels Rnd Pnt
1 6 Lampater Leif – Kreder Raymond 0 89
2 4 De Ketele Kenny – Van Hoeke Gijs 1 99
3 5 Stöpler Nick – Havik Yoeri 1 89
4 3 Mouris Jens – Stroetinga Wim 1 73
5 1 Ligthart Pim – Kalz Marcel 1 59
6 8 Marguet Tristan – Hester Marc 2 58
7 7 Markus Barry – Bartko Robert 2 10
8 12 Hochmann Jiri – Hacecky Vojtech 5 57
9 10 Kreder Wesley – Hoffmann Nolan 5 30
10 2 Gate Aaron – Roberts, Luke 5 25
11 9 Boskamp Melvin – Asselman Jesper 6 50
12 13 Caspers Didier – Van Zijl Melvin 8 15
13 11 East Guy – Holloway Daniel 9 6

The Amsterdam Six Day ends on Saturday 26 October 2013.

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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.