Galvez plaque
(Image credit: LUC CLAESSEN)

Click here to see a gallery of photos from the 2007 Ghent Six-Day

Former world Madison champion Isaac Galvez was remembered in Ghent today, ahead of the first day of racing at the Belgian city?s six-day event.

The 26 riders competing in this year?s event gathered for a meeting, and were present for an unveiling of a memorial plaque dedicated to the memory of Galvez who died here last year.

Glavez tragically died on the penultimate night of racing when a collision sent him in to the barriers at the top of the track. Medics attended to Galvez, only for the Spaniard to die on route to Hospital.

The riders met with the organisers at 4pm today for a brief meeting, before unveiling the plexiglass plaque at the entrance to the Kuipke track. British riders Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish were there to pay their respects before riding their first six-day race together.

Despite the tragic incident last year, the Ghent Six remains as popular as ever, with the large seating area sold out for Friday night. The event has always been popular with British fans who should be out in force again this year to support the British pairing.

Bruno Risi arrives

Riders line up to pay their respects

rider meeting

Photos by Luc Claessen


Click here to see a gallery of photos from the 2007 Ghent Six-Day

2006: Galvez dies at Ghent Six

2006: Galvez funeral held in Spain

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.