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Grenoble Six Day 2010, Night One – Politics and Plaudits

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There were politics in play before a ball was even kicked; ‘how have you guys got that big cabin, you only have two riders?’ Kris’s response was succinct; ‘Because I’ve been coming here for 30 years and the organisers are friends of mine!’ A Six Day wouldn’t be a Six Day without politics and plaudits.

Politics and Plaudits
Kris and Organiser Bernard Thevenet have known each other a long time.

I was a bit ropey on the first night; ‘what happens now?’ flashed through my head a few times.

But we made it to the end of the night without any dramas; Franco is a little chesty but still has his sense of humour, so can’t be too bad.

Politics and Plaudits
Martyn hold Franco up, all smiles.

The velodrome is warm but there are currents of cold air blowing through the place; there’s also a lot of dust floating around from the concrete surface of the track centre not helpful if your chest is a bit tight.

The track is a nice one, at 210 metres not too wee to be tricky or too big to make lap taking a big production.

Politics and Plaudits
You want balloons? I got balloons.
Politics and Plaudits
Alex Aeschbach spins the legs before the Six kicks off.

The field isn’t amazing, but isn’t bad either, number one opposition is probably the Dutch pairing of Danny Stam and Leon Van Bon — although Dirk the mechanic did point out to me that their combined age is 80.

On the subject of mechanics, Franco has decided that he doesn’t need the services of a spanner man — main reason being that there’s no Derny racing so no need for a specific bike or wheel changes.

This has not made Franco flavour of the month with the mechanics that are here — they scowl at me when they see me carrying his bike or giving it a wipe.

Politics and Plaudits
Aeschabach and Van Bon chat.

Getting back to the opposition, it looked like another Dutch pairing could be dangerous — Wim Stroetinga and Jeff Vermeulen; Stroetinga has been a medallist in the Worlds points and rode very strongly for Milram on the road in the early part of the season, whilst Vermeulen was third here, last year.

Politics and Plaudits
Stroetinga loosening off last night, is a force here.

But Vermeulen’s neutralisation with illness last night means it’s highly unlikely that they’ll offer any real opposition.

Politics and Plaudits
Franco and Alex sling.

Another dangerous pairing has to be Belgians Tim Mertens and Kenny De Ketele — Mertens is a Worlds Madison medallist and De Ketele is an accomplished Six Day man from the Belgian ‘new wave’ of winter track men.

Politics and Plaudits
Tim Mertens won the first race tonight, the Points.

The Czech pair of Kadlec and Hochman looked strong last night, but they can’t win – that would never do.

An interesting name on the start list is Italian Elia Viviani, another in the seemingly endless stream of quality young riders that Liquigas produce — at just 20 as a neo-pro he’s won the Memorials Pantani and Vandenbroucke, this year.

Politics and Plaudits
Madsen and Hester exchange.

The Six kicked off last night with a tribute to Laurent Fignon, personally I think it would have been more respectful if the Folies girls and those bums of theirs hadn’t been milling around at the same time — but I guess, as a red blooded Frenchman with a thirst for life, Laurent may well have approved.

Politics and Plaudits
The Six’s tribute to Laurent Fignon. (click for the full image)
Politics and Plaudits
Fignon wouldn’t have minded Les Folies hanging around.

The cabaret acts are all a bit similar, this year, strong, shaved chested guys demonstrating how strong and well balanced they are — our mate Viktor would hate it.

Politics and Plaudits
The Strongmen show.

There were two bands on the go, the ‘house’ band perched above the finish straight and a rather deranged looking crew who roamed around the track at the start then lodged themselves up in the rafters — you can see the look of disdain on the house band’s faces, even at long range.

Politics and Plaudits
The Crazy Band.

The sprinters field is very strong, Bauge, Sireau, Perkins, Mulder — four of the best in the world.

Politics and Plaudits
Mulder in particular is a brick built out house of a man.
Politics and Plaudits
You wouldn’t say that Greg lacked confidence.

Bauge has the swagger that a rainbow jersey brings to a man – albeit he died badly in the 500 metre time trial to go down to Mulder.

The track centre was stowed out — 95 tables of ten, all fully booked, as long as that happens then this Six is safe.

Politics and Plaudits
t’s a mixture of the racing, and the show, that brings the crowds in.

All in all the first night went in without too much drama; well, that’s 19:34, best get down there and get organised for tonight — did I say that the music was grim?

A demain.

Politics and Plaudits
So perhaps you’ll be seeing more of Les Folies here on VeloVeritas.

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Politics and Plaudits – Result

Points Race

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

Madison #1

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

Team Time Trial

1 Angelo Ciccone / Elia Viviani (Ita) 0:00:35.881
2 Wim Stroetinga / Jeff Vermeulen (Ned) 0:00:36.113
3 Tim Mertens / Kenny de Ketele (Bel) 0:00:36.272
4 Jens-Erik Madsen / Marc Hester (Den) 0:00:36.320
5 Alexander Aeschbach / Franco Marvulli (Swi) 0:00:36.381
6 Mickael Jeannin / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) 0:00:37.472
7 Danny Stam / Leon Van Bon (Ned) 0:00:39.105

Madison #2 doublette

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

Elimination (black numbers)

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

Scratch Race

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

Team Elimination

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

Standings after night 1

1 Jiri Hochmann / Milan Kadlec (Cze) 60 pts
2 Angelo Ciccone / Elia Viviani (Ita) 57
3 Alexander Aeschbach / Franco Marvulli (Swi) 52
4 Jens-Erik Madsen / Marc Hester (Den) 45
5 Danny Stam / Leon Van Bon (Ned) 45
6 Mickael Jeannin / Morgan Kneisky (Fra) 40
7 Tim Mertens / Kenny de Ketele (Bel) 37
At 2 Laps
8 Wim Stroetinga / Jeff Vermeulen (Ned) 23
At 3 Laps
9 Pierre-Luc Perichon / Sebastien Ivars (Fra) 5
10 Kevin Fouache / Jules Pijourlet (Fra) 5
At 7 Laps
11 Francois Lamiraud / Florent Ivars (Fra) 11

Ed Hood
Ed's been involved in cycling for over 45 years. In that time he's been a successful time triallist, team manager, and sponsor of several teams and clubs. He's also a respected and successful coach, and during the winter months can often be found working in the cabins at the Six Days. Ed remains a massive fan of the sport and couples his extensive contacts with an inexhaustable enthusiasm for the minutiae and the history of our sport.

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