Four Six Day Series events, 24 days of high action racing, thousands of fans cheering across Europe, and it all comes down to this: the Six Day Series Final.
Awash with talent, 12 of the best duos from across the globe will take to the Mallorcan boards tonight for the very first final, all racing for the honour of being Six Day Series champion.
Currently in pole position for the crown are Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw, with the Belgians certainly the team to beat throughout the competition having amassed an impressive 360 Series points thus far.
That was largely due to a stunning showing at Six Day London – the first event this season – usurping home favourites Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish on the final Madison chase – a strong indication of more thrills to come on the track.
That included further domination in Amsterdam, taking top spot with a blistering display and more than 550 points, with two titles from two events the perfect way to begin the season.
But with the strength in depth that the Six Day Series possesses, you can only write people off at your peril.
Dutch duo Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga currently occupy second place heading to Mallorca on 235 points, while Leif Lampater and Marcel Kalz round off the top three a further 59 points behind.
That means there is certainly everything up for grabs come Friday night, with the men’s competition seeing them take part in a 20 minute Madison, 15km Points race and team elimination in their bid to wow the Mallorca crowds.
But that’s not all, with the race for the Six Day Series champion’s trophy set to go down to the very last event of the season – the 60-minute Madison chase.
Even with the Belgians’ impressive lead, the night is certainly no foregone conclusion, with Havik – Six Day Berlin winner with Stroetinga – keen to show what he can do in front of a sizeable crowd once more.
“I’ve really enjoyed riding with Wim as a regular partner, hopefully it’s the future of Six Day cycling,” he said.
“After our win in Berlin we were getting some really positive comments, the Dutch public want a competitive team do the Series has really worked well.
“In London we were in really good shape too, missed a few things in Amsterdam, but have made a really good partnership since. We knew what we wanted from each other, where I needed to place Wim before the sprints, we were working way better than the first times.
“I think the Series was really good with the points you accumulate to qualify for the final. I know some of the guys were really intent on qualifying, and the guys from sixth to 12th all wanted to place themselves high enough in Copenhagen to qualify for Mallorca.”
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