Gent Six Day set for final showdown on Sunday
Iljo Keisse and teammate Elia Viviani rocked the house on the penultimate night, scoring four emphatic victories.
First race of day five in Gent brought double joy for Team LIDL: not only that 2015 champion Iljo Keisse won it in front of an ecstatic home crowd, but by reaching the 300-point barrier, he and Elia Viviani got a one-lap bonus, which catapulted them to first in the provisional standings.
The 27-year-old Italian was also in fine form, powering to victory in the supersprint, a race in which he shined throughout the week, before Iljo doubled his tally on the night, by getting the better of his opponents – Mark Cavendish and Moreno de Pauw – in the derny final.
Last race of the evening, the always exciting and spectacular Madison, brought to the fore a strong Team LIDL determined to turn the tables and make the most out of the great form they showed during the night. A vigorous attack caught all the other teams bar one off-guard and saw the two bow out from 't Kuipke on Saturday with a big win in their hands, which is sure to make the final day of the competition even more thrilling.
1. Bradley Wiggins/Mark Cavendish – 358 points
2. Kenny De Ketele/Moreno de Pauw – 385 points (+ 1 lap)
3. Iljo Keisse/Elia Viviani – 370 points (+ 1 lap)
Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele