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news Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent Day 6: Cav and Keisse 2nd After Action Packed Final Madison! 23/11/14 - 19:17

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team riders Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse knew they needed a lap late in the Final Madison to win Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent, after a challenging week of clawing their way into the top overall spot and defending their leadership.

Kenny De Ketele and Jasper De Buyst entered the Final Madison as leaders, but Cav and Keisse went on the attack and reclaimed their place on the top step by getting a lap. However, with 20 laps to go, De Buyst and De Ketele again took the GC leadership. It was up to Keisse and Cavendish to go on the offensive once again as it was their last chance for victory. They did exactly that, and it was a close call for holding the gap and taking the crucial lap that would seal the win.

Unfortunately, the gap was too small and they were caught before the finish, which meant De Buyst and De Ketele won the Gent 6-Days and Cavendish and Keisse were 2nd overall.

The duo won the Team Elimination event earlier in the day, and Keisse also won the Derny event.

"I'm disappointed, but we were beaten by a great team," Cavendish said. "They were strong all week. It took me three or four days to get into a good rhythm after not racing track for 7 years. I told Iljo when we started after that adjustment time, if I felt that good at the beginning of the week we would win the 6-Days. I was trying to get my track legs back. We couldn't pick up the points early on that the other guys were, and in the end it put us on the back foot and chasing all week. But I'm proud of what we did coming back into the lead before the last day. Today De Ketele and De Buyst were too vigilant. At first we were on the defensive, trying to prevent them from getting a lap back. Then we had to go on the attack again. We tried everything, but in the end we were 2nd. But in the end I'm happy with how we did. I had the best partner and such a good friend of mine in Iljo. For me, it's an honor to ride with him. Also, the fans are incredible here in Gent. It's a special place. It's never been a secret I'm very fond of Belgium. I won my first pro race here at Scheldeprijs. I now ride for Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, a Belgian based team. There's such a history of cycling in Belgium and I'm super proud to be here."

"It's been a hard fight, and in the end I'm pretty disappointed we didn't win," Keisse said. "Because it was a great final. I absolutely wanted to win with Mark. I feel a little bit sorry for him because it was an adjustment period the first two days and we were on a really good level the last few days. It makes it twice as painful. But OK, considering that, we still were in the lead for two days, had a strong possibility of winning the overall, and finished 2nd. There are plenty of good things to take away from this race. I was really looking forward to racing with Mark. It was a dream. He was in really good shape and I hope we can do this again in the future."

Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent Final Overall

1 Team Baloise Insurance
De Buyst Jasper - De Ketele Kenny  440 points
2 Team Omega Pharma - Quickstep
Cavendish Mark - Keisse Iljo  394
3 Team Caruur
Lampater Leif - Dillier Silvan 1 311
4 Team Lotto
Rasmussen Alex - Hester Marc 2 279
5 Team Topsport Vlaanderen
Stopler Nick - Vergaerde Otto 7 215

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news Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent: Cav & Keisse Defend Their Lead! 23/11/14 - 02:41

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team riders Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse will go into the final day of Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent in the overall lead, after a few big 5th Day moments on Saturday.

The duo won the first Madison, while Mark Cavendish also won the second Derny. Also, because they surpassed 300 points, they earned a lap on their competitors.

Good luck to Mark and Iljo tomorrow!

Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent

1 Team Omega Pharma - Quickstep
Cavendish Mark - Keisse Iljo  330
2 Team Baloise Insurance
De Buyst Jasper - De Ketele Kenny 1 378
3 Team Caruur
Lampater Leif - Dillier Silvan 1 272
4 Team Lotto
Rasmussen Alex - Hester Marc 1 254
5 Team Topsport Vlaanderen
Stopler Nick - Vergaerde Otto 4 198

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news Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent Day 4: Cav and Keisse Take Overall Lead! 22/11/14 - 02:16

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team riders Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse, after staying in second for two straight days, moved into the overall lead for the first time at Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent Day 4 on Friday. Cavendish and Keisse set themselves up for the overall lead with victories in the Team Elimination, worth 20 points, along with a victory from Iljo Keisse in the third Derny event (5 points). 

Silvan Dillier and Leif Lampater are now 2nd, and are the only team on the same lap as Cavendish and Keisse. 

Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent Day 4 

1 Team Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
Cavendish Mark - Keisse Iljo 260 points
2 Team Caruur
Lampater Leif - Dillier Silvan  217
3 Team Baloise Insurance
De Buyst Jasper - De Ketele Kenny 298 (+1 lap)
4 Team Lotto
Rasmussen Alex - Hester Marc 207 (+1 lap)
5 Team Topsport Vlaanderen
Stopler Nick - Vergaerde Otto 162 (+2 laps)

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news Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent Day 3: Cavendish & Keisse Remain in 2nd! 21/11/14 - 01:45

Thanks to a Points Race victory for Mark Cavendish and Iljo Keisse, as well as a win in the second Derny event, the Supersprint, and Elimination for Keisse, the Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team riders remain in 2nd after the third day of Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent on Thursday.

The two riders moved up quickly from 4th to 2nd on Day 2, with several important event wins. The duo continues their pursuit of moving up to 1st in the 4th day of the Gent 6-Days on Friday!

Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent Day 3

1 Team Baloise Insurance
De Buyst Jasper - De Ketele Kenny 231 points
2 Team Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
Cavendish Mark - Keisse Iljo  187
3 Team Lotto
Rasmussen Alex - Hester Marc 162 (+1 lap)
4 Team Caruur
Lampater Leif - Dillier Silvan 150 (+1 lap)
5 Team Topsport Vlaanderen
Stopler Nick - Vergaerde Otto 121 (+1 lap)

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news Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent: Cavendish & Keisse Leap to 2nd! 20/11/14 - 01:18

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team riders Iljo Keisse and Mark Cavendish moved up from 4th to 2nd in a day, thanks to an impressive outing at Day 2 of Lotto 6-Days Flanders-Gent on Wednesday.

Cavendish and Keisse won the Madison, while Cavendish also won the 2nd Derny race and the Final. These crucial events, and some 2nd place finishes, helped the duo move up significantly in the overall rankings.

Iljo Keisse was also honored for the Best Helper/Kristallen Zweetdruppel at the Kristallen Fiets awards ceremony.

Lotto 6-days Flanders-Gent Day 2

1.  Jasper De Buyst/Kenny De Ketele 158 points
2. Iljo Keisse/Mark Cavendish 113 points
3. Alex Rasmussen/Marc Hester 103 points
4. Leif Lampater/Silvan Dillier 100
5. Nick Stoper/Otto Vergaerde 86 points (+1 lap) 

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