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Morkov and De Ketele claim Six Day Copenhagen crown after Madison magic

06 February 2018

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Michael Morkov won a seventh Six Day Copenhagen title after a miraculous display of sprinting with Kenny de Ketele in an epic final Madison.

Having traded blows all night with rivals Yoeri Havik and Moreno de Pauw – de Ketele’s more common Six Day Series partner – the Danish-Belgian duo won five straight sprints in a gruelling hour-long race to claim the title by 16 points.

The pair found themselves 10 points down heading into the final race in a two-way battle and were two laps back inside 10 minutes, but a phenomenal effort, capped off by some high-class sprinting lead by Morkov, saw them run away victorious.

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“Yoeri and Moreno really gave us a fight towards the end,” said Morkov.

“We were hoping we could take a lap on them so we didn’t have to do the sprints but they kept on chasing us back.

“At some point I thought it could be difficult for us to win but they turned out to be quite empty in the sprints at the end.”

The 32-year-old Dane is better renowned for his pedigree on the road having won a stage in the Vuelta Espana but was proud to prove he still has what it takes to mix it with the best on the boards.

“I have my whole background here. I did these Six Days 11 or 12 times so I didn’t forget about it,” he said.

“Actually now I feel really proud that as a more specific road rider and also with my age I can return to the track and still be competitive.”

Momentum throughout the evening had swung like a pendulum and it was Havik and de Pauw in the driving seat after they added a further four points to their six-point overnight lead with wins in the team elimination and team time trial.

After two quick laps inside the first 10 minutes of the final race de Pauw and Havik gradually saw their lead eaten away at and de Ketele and Morkov’s constant increases in pace began to take their toll.

When it came to the mid-race sprints Morkov and de Ketele were in their element as they pounced on Havik and de Pauw’s fatigue, whittling down the advantage and eventually blowing them away, finishing with 313 points to 297.

“We had super legs in the final. We knew just on sprints their speed was a bit higher but we really killed them in the race and if we could make it a very hard chase we could end it in the sprints,” said de Ketele.

“We actually tried to lap them but that wasn’t possible. I saw in the end they were suffering. It was hard for us as well but we had a little extra.

“The public was great. I had goose bumps all over. I enjoyed my weekend. Finally my name is on the board as well.”

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