Six Days of Ghent: Keisse and Mørkøv remain in the lead
Etixx – Quick-Step pairing Iljo Keisse and Michael Mørkøv enjoyed a solid night of racing in Het Kuipke and will go into the final evening with a two-point advantage over their closest rivals.
It was another thrilling and spectacular night at the Six Days of Ghent, with the teams involved in the battle for the overall victory risking more and more in order to solidify their claim on the general classification. Back at the top after the fourth day of competition, Iljo Keisse and Michael Mørkøv were put at times under pressure by the other cyclists, but managed to get out of every tricky situation and ammased enough points to keep their lead, although the advantage over the next team is slender.
At one point, the duo lost its first place in the rankings after being lapped, but minutes later took back that lap in the Madison, where the two were also victorious, this sole win of the night coming after an excellent tactic in the closing stages of the race. Now, only one day separates Iljo Keisse and Michael Mørkøv from a well-deserved victory that will repay all the hard work of the past weeks.
Six Days of Ghent classification after night 5
1. Iljo Keisse – Michael Mørkøv (Bel/Den) 377 points
2. Otto Vergaerde – Jasper de Buyst (Bel) 375 pnt.
3. Gijs Van Hoecke – Kenny De Ketele (Bel) 357 pnt.