Keisse and Mørkøv retain lead after day two at the Ghent Six-Day (video)

The Etixx - Quick-Step pairing were already ahead after day one and increased their lead on day two

Photo: Graham Watson

Iljo Keisse and Michael Mørkøv (Etixx - QuickStep) retained their lead on day two of the 75th Ghent Six.

Thanks to victory in the final derny race, the pair extended their previous lead of eight points to 11 over the Lotto-Soudal pairing of Otto Vergaerde and Jasper De Buyst.

>>> Ghent Six: everything you need to know

During the second Derny race, the Lotto duo did threathen the leaders with De Buyst winning plus a strong showing from Vergaerde, but in the end it was only enough to hold second rather than gain on Keisse and Mørkøv.

Merckx and Sercu Ghent Six by Watson

Six-Day royalty. Photo: Graham Watson

Six-Day legends Eddy Merckx and Patrick Sercu were in attendance at the event. Sercu is the most successful Six-Day racer ever with 88 wins out of 223 starts across a 22 year track racing career.

Heighten security at Ghent Six-Day. Photo: Graham Watson

Heighten security at Ghent Six-Day. Photo: Graham Watson

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13 and the associated police operations across France and Belgium, security has been tight in Ghent.

Spectators were thoroughly searched on the way in amid reports of a 'no bag' policy.

Ghent Six-Day 2015 - Classification after day two:

1. Iljo Keisse/Michael Mørkøv (Etixx-QuickStep) – 151 points

2. Jasper De Buyst/Otto Vergaerde (Lotto) – 140 points

3. Gijs Van Hoecke/Kenny De Ketele (Baloise Insurance) – 137 points

4. Moreno De Pauw/Morgan Kneisky (Provincie OOst-Vlaanderen) –132 points

5. Marc Hester/Alex Rasmussen (John Saey–Lecot-Raedschelders) – 81 points + 1 lap

6. Jesper Mørkøv/Nick Stöpler (Caruur) – 49 points + 2 laps

7. Melvin van Zijl/Yoeri Havik (3M) – 56 points + 3 laps

8. Christian Grasmann/Marcel Kalz (Primus Haacht) – 42 points + 3 laps

9. Christopher Lawless/Roy Pieters (Vanreusel Snacks) – 19 points + 5 laps

10. Lindsay De Vylder/David Muntaner (T-interim) – 21 points + 14 laps

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing and cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist Magazine in 2017 where he stayed for four years until going freelance. He now returns to Cycling Weekly from time-to-time to cover racing, review cycling gear and write longer features for print and online. He is not responsible for misspelled titles on box outs, and he lost the argument about using UK spellings