Bed after the Grenoble Six Day 2011 – Fifth Night was at 02:00 am so I didn’t have too much problem getting up at 07:45 to do some ‘real world’ stuff.

The only trouble with that is I know I won’t feel nearly as frisky come 02:30 am.

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Luke Roberts, busy man.

I was meant to have an interview with Luke Roberts today, he was meant to get word about what’s happening team-wise for 2012.

But alas – nowt.

We’re going to wait until it’s sorted out before we chat one on one.

He was relating great stories to us today, about his team pursuit days – team time trials on 39 x 16 downhill with a tail wind to promote leg speeds of up to 200 rpm.

Redundant techniques now that individual and team pursuiters are riding 52 x 13 – or, if you’re Jack Bobridge, make that 53 x 13.

He was also relating the tale of when yellow jersey clad Davie Zee crashed right in front of him with a kilometre to go in the Tour TTT.

My tales of white-lining in the ‘Dundee 50’ just don’t have the same ring.

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Jesper preps.

The quality of the madison racing has improved over the week as the French guys find their legs.

It’s almost embarrassing down here at Grenoble, as a runner you’re used to being shunned by all of the riders in the Northern European sixes – except your own. But in Les Alpes it’s different, most of the French riders stop for a hand shake and a chat – it’s cool, human.

Wee Sebastian Ivars is a good guy, always smiling, he rides here every year; ‘Franco is a good Maitre of the six, he is not greedy, Marco Villa was not such a good Maitre…

The Spaniards have really come on, riding very strongly tonight, again.

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Iljo gets a neck massage.

I interviewed Iljo Keisse tonight, he can be just a wee tad superior; but he was fine tonight; good, honest answers and plenty of time for me – but it’s taken six years for me to be in a position where it can be like that with him.

I was here when he won with Gilmore in 2005 – he was young, on the way up back then and it was his first win.

A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then; ‘the programme says I’ve won 14 six days, I think it’s maybe 15, I don’t really count – my dad does.’

He leads with Kneisky going in to the last day – can Franco & Aeschi wrestle it from them.

My heart says; ‘yes,’ but my head says; ‘no.’

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Life is a cabaret, well, this is anyway.

A demain.

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Iljo’s Stealth.
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Iljo’s Scandium, nice.
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BMC’s track edition.
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It’s certainly different.
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Iljo’s Stealth is something else. Functional, no-nonsense, very trick.
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Mertens and De Ketele’s Merckx bikes.
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Principia is still going strong.

Grenoble Six Days 2011 – Fifth Night – Results

Sprint series

1 Morgan Kneisky/Iljo Keisse (Fra/Bel) 13 pts
2 Marc Hester/Jesper Morkov (Den) 10
3 Alexander Aeschbach/Franco Marvulli (Swi) 8
4 Tim Mertens/Kenny De Ketele (Bel) 8
5 Martin Hacecky/Martin Blaha (Cze) 7
6 Albert Torres/Sebastian Mora (Spa) 5
7 Clément Carisey/Bastien Ruffinengo (Fra) 5
8 Danny Stam/Luke Roberts (Ned/Aus) 4
9 Jules Pijourlet/Kévin Fouahe (Fra) 4
10 Pierre-Luc Perichon/Sébastien Ivars (Fra) 2
11 Flaurent Ivars/François Lamiraud (Fra)

Madison

1 Alexander Aeschbach/Franco Marvulli (Swi) 15 pts
2 Morgan Kneisky/Iljo Keisse (Fra/Bel) 14
3 Tim Mertens/Kenny De Ketele (Bel) 7
4 Marc Hester/Jesper Morkov (Den) 2
5 Danny Stam/Luke Roberts (Ned/Aus) 6
@ 1 lap
6 Albert Torres/Sebastian Mora (Spa) 5
7 Martin Hacecky/Martin Blaha (Cze) 1
@ 2 laps
8 Pierre-Luc Perichon/Sébastien Ivars (Fra)
9 Clément Carisey/Bastien Ruffinengo (Fra)
@ 3 laps
10 Flaurent Ivars/François Lamiraud (Fra)
11 Jules Pijourlet/Kévin Fouahe (Fra)

Madison

1 Danny Stam/Luke Roberts (Ned/Aus) 20 pts
2 Albert Torres/Sebastian Mora (Spa) 12
3 Martin Hacecky/Martin Blaha (Cze) 10
4 Flaurent Ivars/François Lamiraud (Fra) 8
@ 1 lap
5 Tim Mertens/Kenny De Ketele (Bel) 6
6 Alexander Aeschbach/Franco Marvulli (Swi) 4
7 Jules Pijourlet/Kévin Fouahe (Fra)
8 Pierre-Luc Perichon/Sébastien Ivars (Fra)
9 Clément Carisey/Bastien Ruffinengo (Fra)
10 Morgan Kneisky/Iljo Keisse (Fra/Bel)
11 Marc Hester/Jesper Morkov (Den)

Elimination (black)

1 Jules Pijourlet 10 pts
2 Clement Carisey 6
3 Pierre-Luc Perichon 5
4 Albert Torres 4
5 Marc Hester 3
6 Florent Ivars 2
7 Morgan Kneisky
8 Tim Mertens
9 Danny Stam
10 Alexander Aeschbach
11 Martin Hacecky

Elimination (red)

1 Franco Marvulli 10 pts
2 Iljo Keisse 6
3 Sebastian Mora 5
4 Kenny De Ketele 4
5 Kevin Fouache 3
6 Jesper Morkov 2
7 Bastien Ruffinengo
8 Francois Lamiraud
9 Sebastien Ivars
10 Luke Roberts
11 Martin Blaha

Scratch race

1 Albert Torres 10 pts
2 Martin Hacecky 6
3 Jules Pijourlet 5
4 Alexander Aeschbach 4
5 Marc Hester 3
6 Florent Ivars 2
7 Morgan Kneisky
8 Pierre-Luc Perichon
9 Tim Mertens
10 Danny Stam
11 Clement Carisey

Elimination Dauphinoise

1 Tim Mertens/Kenny De Ketele (Bel) 20 pts
2 Martin Hacecky/Martin Blaha (Cze) 12
3 Danny Stam/Luke Roberts (Ned/Aus) 10
4 Morgan Kneisky/Iljo Keisse (Fra/Bel) 8
5 Marc Hester/Jesper Morkov (Den) 6
6 Alexander Aeschbach/Franco Marvulli (Swi) 4
7 Pierre-Luc Perichon/Sébastien Ivars (Fra)
8 Clément Carisey/Bastien Ruffinengo (Fra)
9 Flaurent Ivars/François Lamiraud (Fra)
10 Jules Pijourlet/Kévin Fouahe (Fra)
11 Albert Torres/Sebastian Mora (Spa)

Standings after night 5

1 Morgan Kneisky/Iljo Keisse (Fra/Bel) 276 pts
2 Alexander Aeschbach/Franco Marvulli (Swi) 271
3 Tim Mertens/Kenny De Ketele (Bel) 263
4 Marc Hester/Jesper Morkov (Den) 201
5 Danny Stam/Luke Roberts (Ned/Aus) 195
@ 1 lap
6 Martin Hacecky/Martin Blaha (Cze) 165
@ 3 laps
7 Albert Torres/Sebastian Mora (Spa) 209
@ 8 laps
8 Jules Pijourlet/Kévin Fouahe (Fra) 119
@ 9 laps
9 Pierre-Luc Perichon/Sébastien Ivars (Fra) 71
@ 11 laps
10 Flaurent Ivars/François Lamiraud (Fra) 54
@ 15 laps
11 Clément Carisey/Bastien Ruffinengo (Fra) 54