Happy New Year!
Much has happened since the Six Days of Ghent. (Obviously. I mean, it’s been six weeks already.) But I mean: much has happened in the six day world in those six weeks.
Most importantly, the Six Days of Zurich! I, unfortunately, was not in attendance, but it looked to be a great race, with superstar duo Cavendish and Keisse solidifying their win in the last night’s Madison. Hometown hero Silvan Dillier and Leif Lampeter put up a great fight, the only team to finish on the same lap as the winners, while Jasper de Buyst and Kenny de Ketele finished third.
Speaking of the Belgians that upset Cavendish in Ghent: congratulations are due to de Buyst and de Ketele, who won the Belgian national Madison championships last week, along with the right to wear their national colors for the rest of the year to come.
The best news: the new year starts today, and tomorrow we’ll ring it in with the Six Days of Rotterdam.
Click here to check out who all is showing up, it promises to be a great race! Niki Terpstra, who you may remember from the podium of the Amsterdam Six (or, more likely, from the podium of Paris-Roubaix) teams up with Iljo Keisse, who also needs no introduction. But if you’re only a road fan, certainly you remember his nail-biting victory at the 2012 Tour of Turkey? The pair has won in Rotterdam for the past two years, they’ll be looking to make it three.
We’ll have to see if the champion’s jerseys of de Ketele and de Buyst can give them that extra gear. Michael M
ork ov and Alex Rasmussen are also an experienced team, having won eight six-day races together. And we can’t forget reigning world champions Muntaner and Torres: they’ve only gotten stronger since their fifth-place Zurich finish, and if their technique falls into place, they will be a force to be reckoned with. Flying Dutchmen Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga will be up front, too: Havik won the Amsterdam Six this year, and Stroetinga won Rotterdam in 2012.
If you go, make sure to take advantage of the design capital that is Rotterdam: the International Film Festival may not be held until the end of the month, but if you read this blog, odds are you’d be interested in checking out the Kunsthal, if only to see the James Bond exhibit. Don’t forget the Netherlands Foto Museum, too.
More news (ahem, “news”) and reports to follow in the following days.