Despite not managing to win the Ghent Six-Day with Omega Pharma-QuickStep teammate Iljo Keisse, Mark Cavendish impressed on his return to the track having not ridden the velodrome for sometime in competition.
The pair missed out to Jasper De Buyst and his partner Kenny De Ketele (Baloise Insurance), who won the overall by taking the final Madison race on Sunday.
But De Buyst wasn’t able to match Cavendish’s teammate Keisse in the push for the line in a Derny race on the final day, despite appearing in the video to lay it all on the line as he goes full gas for the win.
The video, filmed from a camera placed on the back of the derny pacing De Buyst, gives an insight into the kind of noise and chaos the riders might experience round the short track at the Ghent Six.
Former world madison champion Cavendish later said he was “sorry” he couldn’t take the victory at Ghent, but admitted that it took him three or four days to get up to speed with the track again, having not raced it seriously since around 2008.
Cavendish and Keisse will be moving on to the Zurich Six-Day at the end of November.
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