Six Day London 2017 – full men’s field announced
10 October 2017
Sixteen teams, 32 world-class riders, Olympic and world champions galore and complete domination of the 2017 World Madison Championship – it can only be the Six Day London men’s line-up.
Oh, and did we mention the Six Day London champions are looking for a historic hat-trick?
Just 14 days remain until the world’s best descend on the Lee Valley VeloPark – so what better time to find out who will be fighting it out for the 2017 crown?
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The champions are back! That’s right, Six Day London and Six Day Series dominators Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw return to the capital once more – with everyone very much aware they are the team to beat.
Kenny has been suffering with an injury but that doesn’t mean this Belgian pair will be taking their foot off the gas – far from it.
“We’re very excited to be back in London, I really like the track,” said de Ketele.
“I did the Games in London and I always think about it when we walk into the venue or see the hotel – you pass the Olympic village and it brings back so many memories.
“Then the last two years London has been really special for me and Moreno. It’s where we first started as a team, it’s where it all began for us in the Madison.
“Then last year I don’t know how, but we did it again.”
And while Six Day London was where it all started for the brilliant Belgian duo, this very special venue will also mark a return to familiar surroundings for Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish and Peter Kennaugh.
Kennaugh won team pursuit Olympic gold on the London track in 2012, while Cavendish rode to the Madison world title and second at Six Day London 2016 with Sir Bradley Wiggins – so it’s safe to say the all-Isle of Man pairing know both the track and each other, very well – something Kennaugh in particular is confident will shine through.
“It’s going to be a great experience doing my first pro Six Day with Cav,” said the 28-year-old.
“I think a lot of guys from the Isle of Man, and the other British professionals, don’t take him for granted, but just see him as Cav.
“But when you actually look at his palmares and what he’s done in his career, to be doing my first pro Six Day with a triple world Madison Champion and 30-time Tour de France stage winner, is pretty crazy.”
But with each of the top four pairings at this year’s Madison World Championships coming together all under one roof, the Manx duo’s quest for the title will be far from easy.
That quartet of teams includes French flyers Morgan Kneisky and Benjamin Thomas – leaders of the pack this year, with the former a world Madison champion three times over.
No fewer than 11 different nationalities will be represented in the men’s field, with six days of fast and frantic action expected from first race to last.
And for the British fans there is more than Cavendish and Kennaugh to cheer on, with 2016/17 Six Day Series finalist Chris Latham joining forces with double Olympic champion Steven Burke, while Six Day London 2015 runner up Ollie Wood teams up with Mark Stewart.
Spanish superstars Albert Torres and Sev Mora Vedri dazzled on their home Mallorcan track and they’ll be looking to do the same once again in London, while Dutch duo Wim Stroetinga and Yoeri Havik are certainly a team to watch out for after their win at Six Day Berlin back in January
In fact, the entire field is awash with talent which you simply can’t take your eyes off – so make sure you’re there to watch the best in the business take to the boards.
The field in full:
Kenny DE KETELE and Moreno DE PAUW (Belgium)
Mark CAVENDISH and Peter KENNAUGH (Great Britain)
Cameron MEYER and Callum SCOTSON (Australia)
Morgan KNEISKY and Benjamin THOMAS (France)
Steven BURKE and Chris LATHAM (Great Britain)
Yoeri HAVIK and Wim STROETINGA (Netherlands)
Casper PEDERSEN and Marc HESTER (Denmark)
Ollie WOOD and Mark STEWART (Great Britain)
Theo REINHARDT and Kersten THIELE (Germany)
Felix ENGLISH and Mark DOWNEY (Ireland)
Vojteck HACECKY and Alois KANKOVSKY (Czech Republic)
Wojciech PSZCZOLARSKI and Adrian TEKLINSKI (Poland)
Nick STOPLER and Melvin VAN ZIJL (Netherlands)
Albert TORRES and Sebastian MORA VEDRI (Spain)
Niklas LARSEN and Casper VON FOLSACH (Denmark)
Sebastian SCHMIEDEL and Maximilian BEYER (Germany)
Tickets for all six days of Six Day London are still available here