There’s no telling what you’ll see when you walk up those stairs; you’d expect to see Teun Mulder on the rollers on his road bike or Shane Perkins on his track bike on the rollers — but a juggler?

Getting some practice in for the show later.
Getting some practice in for the show later.

The views over to the Alps were stunning this morning, the city is ringed on all sides by mountains.

Sit outside Bar Clemenceau with your beer, the autumn sun on your skin, look over to the Alps and it’s easy to think; ‘I could live here.’
Sit outside Bar Clemenceau with your beer, the autumn sun on your skin, look over to the Alps and it’s easy to think; ‘I could live here.’ (click for the full image)

It was an up and down kind of day, the bakers was open again after their Monday off and I bought those lovely baguettes campagne, a friend of Franco’s brought in some delicious almond croissants — they were gone before I could photograph them, but there were cakes too.

Delicious bread to start the day.
Delicious bread to start the day.
The riders don't go mad with these, but there's no reason why soigneurs and runners can't!
The riders don't go mad with these, but there's no reason why soigneurs and runners can't! (click for the full image)

And Franco’s partner in the race, Alex Aeschbach gave me a wee present, ‘6 Daagsen Statistieken 2010’ a book as sad as it sounds — packed with 6 day stats; I almost cried with gratitude.

Franco and Alex make the presentation to a wobbly-lipped Ed.
Franco and Alex make the presentation to a wobbly-lipped Ed. (click for the full image)

But there was bad news too; Jo Do the German mechanic had to go to hospital with a burst appendix.

Speed Gazette.
Speed Gazette.

One of the mechanics duties is to chain all the bikes up at night — no mechanic means no key for the padlock and no training for Jens-Erik until we tracked down the key from Jo Do’s lady.

And Franco has a lung infection — that’s going to make win number six tough; Danny and Leon are in the cabin next door, they can sense weakness like a shark senses blood in the water.

Kris must have been working me too hard last night, I missed the parade of previous winners, there’s a photo in the ‘Speed Gazette’ newspaper which the race organisers produce each day.

One haircut I recognised was that of Philippe Tarantini who ‘won’ here in 1991 — ask Stephen Roche about that one.

Roche was leading with Tony Doyle; Tarantini and Jean-Claude Colotti were a lap down but with better points and attacked late in the last chase.

They didn’t make the junction until after the lap last had been completed — but if you were the judges, who would you want to win, an Irish millionaire or a lad from just up the road at La Tronche?

Patrick Sercu arrived tonight — its pay day tomorrow — and told us that we can’t park the camper inside the big garage beside the track at Gent — it’s going to be chilly walking to the shower block.

There will be no room for your mobile home under the Kuipke Kris, sorry.
There will be no room for your mobile home under the Kuipke Kris, sorry.
Teun gently spins the legs.
Teun gently spins the legs. (click for the full image)
As does Shane.
As does Shane. (click for the full image)
Teun, Shane and Kevin chill out and wait for their turn.
Teun, Shane and Kevin chill out and wait for their turn. (click for the full image)
The youngsters about to ride in the support race look a tad anxious.
The youngsters about to ride in the support race look a tad anxious.

I had a good look at the hardware this afternoon; one thing about Danny Stam is that he and his partners always have nice bikes.

Danny and Van Bon’s white carbon Beone track are nice, sleek lines and no frills.
Danny and Van Bon’s white carbon Beone track are nice, sleek lines and no frills. (click for the full image)
Neat finishing on the Beone.
Neat finishing on the Beone. (click for the full image)
That's a really nice paint job.
That's a really nice paint job. (click for the full image)

Alex Aeschbach rides a carbon BMC; you love them or hate them.

Alex loves his BMC. What about you?
Alex loves his BMC. What about you? (click for the full image)
Unusual prototype seat post on the BMC by Sanmarino firm Ness.
Unusual prototype seat post on the BMC by Sanmarino firm Ness. (click for the full image)

Carbon again for Jens-Erik’s Principia — a lovely tool, very rigid but; ‘too rigid for the road’ says Dirk the mechanic.

Jens-Erik has been with Principia for a while.
Jens-Erik has been with Principia for a while. (click for the full image)
These are the wheels to have. Bar none.
These are the wheels to have. Bar none. (click for the full image)

The Belgians stick with good old aluminium on their white Merckx track machines.

It may not be the latest materials, but it's still a lovely bike.
It may not be the latest materials, but it's still a lovely bike. (click for the full image)
Solid seat stays for great power transfer and zero flex.
Solid seat stays for great power transfer and zero flex. (click for the full image)

The Focus is a handsome looking machine too.

Stroetinga's Focus.
Stroetinga's Focus. (click for the full image)
Close clearances are the name of the game.
Close clearances are the name of the game. (click for the full image)

Nicest bike?

Maybe Elia Viviani’s Cannondale Slice (which is their TT frame with track ends) takes the prize?

Elia's Cannondale Slice - beautiful.
Elia's Cannondale Slice - beautiful. (click for the full image)
A lot of the track pro's run with a bit of stack height, but this is a time trial lo-profile frame.
A lot of the track pro's run with a bit of stack height, but this is a time trial lo-profile frame. (click for the full image)
Who's it is.
Who's it is. (click for the full image)

On the subject of Elia; along with six partner Angelo Ciccone and sprinter Kevin Sireau, he took the absolute track record for the flying three laps tonight with 34.958 — that’s 630 metres.

Another time trial win for Elia, and another bouquet.
Another time trial win for Elia, and another bouquet.

One thing they have wrong at Grenoble is the ‘Balustrade sprint’ where the field rides high on the barrier and give it hands off, ‘Superman’ stuff for the benefit of the crowd.

At Copenhagen they pump out Dario G’s ‘Sunchyme’ and it’s brilliant — here the ‘B’ jazz band pumps out dire jazz.

It's little wonder the Six is sold out.
It's little wonder the Six is sold out. (click for the full image)
Danny and Leon wait for the Madison.
Danny and Leon wait for the Madison. (click for the full image)

Anyway, writing this on Tuesday afternoon, we’ve started to pack, they boy’s have got their contract money and there’s just that 180 lap chase to go.

I’ll be there — I’ll tell you about it tomorrow.

Result

Points Race

1 Angelo Ciccone / Elia Viviani (Ita) 10 pts
2 Tim Mertens / Kenny de Ketele (Bel) 8
3 Wim Stroetinga / Jeff Vermeulen (Ned) 8
4 Jens-Erik Madsen / Marc Hester (Den) 8
5 Jiri Hochmann / Milan Kadlec (Cze) 8
6 Mickaël Jeannin / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) 7
7 Danny Stam / Leon Van Bon (Ned) 6
8 Kevin Fouache / Jules Pijourlet (Fra) 6
9 Alexander Aeschbach / Franco Marvulli (Swi) 4
10 François Lamiraud / Florent Ivars (Fra) 1
11 Pierre-Luc Perichon / Sebastien Ivars (Fra)

Madison

1 Jens-Erik Madsen / Marc Hester (Den) 20 pts
2 Danny Stam / Leon Van Bon (Ned) 12
At 1 Lap
3 Alexander Aeschbach / Franco Marvulli (Swi) 10
4 Tim Mertens / Kenny de Ketele (Bel) 8
5 Mickaël Jeannin / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) 6
6 Angelo Ciccone / Elia Viviani (Ita) 4
7 Wim Stroetinga / Jeff Vermeulen (Ned)
8 Jiri Hochmann / Milan Kadlec (Cze)
At 2 Laps
9 François Lamiraud / Florent Ivars (Fra)
10 Pierre-Luc Perichon / Sebastien Ivars (Fra)
At 3 Laps
11 Kevin Fouache / Jules Pijourlet (Fra)

Team Time Trial

1 Angelo Ciccone / Elia Viviani (Ita) 0:00:34.958
2 Tim Mertens / Kenny de Ketele (Bel) 0:00:35.884
3 Wim Stroetinga / Jeff Vermeulen (Ned) 0:00:36.260
4 Jens-Erik Madsen / Marc Hester (Den) 0:00:36.268
5 Jiri Hochmann / Milan Kadlec (Cze) 0:00:36.927
6 Mickaël Jeannin / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) 0:00:37.419
7 François Lamiraud / Florent Ivars (Fra) 0:00:38.415

Elimination Race – red numbers

1 Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) 10 pts
2 François Lamiraud (Fra) 6
3 Kevin Fouache (Fra) 5
4 Mickaël Jeannin (Fra) 4
5 Tim Mertens (Bel) 3
6 Jiri Hochmann (Cze) 2
7 Alexander Aeschbach (Swi)
8 Angelo Ciccone (Ita)
9 Wim Stroetinga (Ned)
10 Danny Stam (Ned)
11 Jens-Erik Madsen (Den)

Elimination Race – black numbers

1 Elia Viviani (Ita) 10 pts
2 Milan Kadlec (Cze) 6
3 Franco Marvulli (Swi) 5
4 Leon Van Bon (Ned) 4
5 Jeff Vermeulen (Ned) 3
6 Florent Ivars (Fra) 2
7 Jules Pijourlet (Fra)
8 Sebastien Ivars (Fra)
9 Morgan Kneisky (Fra)
10 Marc Hester (Den)
11 Kenny de Ketele (Bel)

Scratch Race

1 Tim Mertens / Kenny de Ketele (Bel) 20 pts
2 Jens-Erik Madsen / Marc Hester (Den) 12
3 Alexander Aeschbach / Franco Marvulli (Swi) 10
4 Angelo Ciccone / Elia Viviani (Ita) 8
5 Jiri Hochmann / Milan Kadlec (Cze) 6
6 Mickaël Jeannin / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) 4
7 Wim Stroetinga / Jeff Vermeulen (Ned)
8 Pierre-Luc Perichon / Sebastien Ivars (Fra)
9 Danny Stam / Leon Van Bon (Ned)
10 Kevin Fouache / Jules Pijourlet (Fra)
11 François Lamiraud / Florent Ivars (Fra)

Elimination Race

1 Tim Mertens / Kenny de Ketele (Bel) 20 pts
2 Jens-Erik Madsen / Marc Hester (Den) 12
3 Alexander Aeschbach / Franco Marvulli (Swi) 10
4 Angelo Ciccone / Elia Viviani (Ita) 8
5 Jiri Hochmann / Milan Kadlec (Cze) 6
6 Mickaël Jeannin / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) 4
7 Wim Stroetinga / Jeff Vermeulen (Ned)
8 Pierre-Luc Perichon / Sebastien Ivars (Fra)
9 Danny Stam / Leon Van Bon (Ned)
10 Kevin Fouache / Jules Pijourlet (Fra)
11 François Lamiraud / Florent Ivars (Fra)

Overall standings after night 5

1 Angelo Ciccone / Elia Viviani (Ita) 254 pts
2 Jens-Erik Madsen / Marc Hester (Den) 254
3 Alexander Aeschbach / Franco Marvulli (Swi) 247
4 Danny Stam / Leon Van Bon (Ned) 246
At 1 Lap
5 Tim Mertens / Kenny de Ketele (Bel) 259
At 2 Laps
6 Jiri Hochmann / Milan Kadlec (Cze) 172
At 3 Laps
7 Mickaël Jeannin / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) 167
At 7 Laps
8 Wim Stroetinga / Jeff Vermeulen (Ned) 127
At 13 Laps
9 Pierre-Luc Perichon / Sebastien Ivars (Fra) 50
At 16 Laps
10 Kevin Fouache / Jules Pijourlet (Fra) 63
At 19 Laps
11 François Lamiraud / Florent Ivars (Fra) 61

Buona notte from Elia and Angelo.
Buona notte from Elia and Angelo.