Saturday, May 28, 2022
HomeDiariesGrenoble Six Days 2011 - First Night

Grenoble Six Days 2011 – First Night


‘The track door will open at 09:30,’ we were told, but this is the Grenoble Six Days 2011, in France – and you have to give or take 45 minutes – and sure enough, we got in around 10:15.

Bring the last of the gear down from the camper, set up the track cabins, go to the shops for supplies, help the guys with their bikes, go to the shops for razors so Franco can shave his legs, help with the dinner, do the washing up and then slip out quietly when the riders all descend upon our cabin for their pre-race meeting.

Grenoble Six Days 2011
Having shaved his legs, Franco is interviewed.

Just your typical pre-race afternoon.

Schoolboys, juniors, ladies, presentation, sprinters, circus act . . .

The first pro race is a sprint series, Keisse/Kneisky take it; that may well be a portent of what’s to come – Iljo is rampant.

Grenoble Six Days 2011
Iljo Keisse is on supreme form.

He rode the Tour of Beijing (“the worst bike race in the history of mankind” reckons Vik) and then the Amsterdam Six, where he flew to victory with QuickStep team-mate, Terpstra.

The six finished at midnight but by the time the presentation and controle took place it was 03:00 am before he got to bed.

There was qualifying for the Euro madison at 10:00 – and then he won the final, with Kenny De Ketele.

If that’s not form, I don’t know what is.

Grenoble Six Days 2011
One of the circus acts, the strongmen.

I’m going to ease back on the Grenoble circus act pics this year – Vik finds them distressing.

Grenoble Six Days 2011
The oppositions’ view of Iljo.

First chase – it’s no death race but I guess the boys have to ease into that madison carry on.

That said Keisse/Kneisky look razor-sharp – but Franco and Alex counter their one lap gain, have more points overall and take the maillot jaunes.

Kris and I hope they hold on to them – less jerseys for us to wash; the organisation wash the leaders’ jerseys.

I’ve just had a peak at one of the circus acts; Vik would be up there laying-into the boy, he’s that bad.

Grenoble Six Days 2011
The second chase is short and fast.

The second chase is only 20 minutes, not worth putting out the wash basins for, or giving the guys a drink on their warm down lap.

Jesper and Marc take it; Franco and Alex still lead.

By midnight, most of the crowd has gone, just a few up in the stands and the hardcore drinkers still at the track centre restaurant tables.

Grenoble Six Days 2011
On that subject; 98 tables with 10 covers each at 63 Euros per head – economic down turn or not, those ain’t bad numbers.

There’s a late flurry of sprints and devils then the boys bolt for the cabin.

Kris has already gone down to fire up the toasties – I gather up the washing, shades, shoes, helmets and get them all down to the cabin.

Grenoble Six Days 2011
This isn’t Ed’s washing up pile, glad to say.

Back up, clean out the pee pails, tidy the cabin, take the drinks bottles down, help with the washing, tidy the cabin, have a beer.

Bed for 03:00 am – easy life.

Grenoble Six Days 2011
Morgan Kneisky.
Grenoble Six Days 2011
Jesper & Marc take yellow.


Sprint series

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


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

Elimination (red)

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


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

Elimination (black)

1 Luke Roberts (Aus) 10 pts
2 Kenny De Ketele (Bel) 6
3 Sebastian Mora (Spa) 5
4 Iljo Keisse (Bel) 4
5 Jesper Morkov (Den) 3
6 Kévin Fouahe (Fra) 2
7 Bastien Ruffinengo (Fra)
8 Sébastien Ivars (Fra)
9 Francois Lamiraud (Fra)
10 Martin Blaha (Cze)
11 Franco Marvulli (Swi)

Scratch race

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

Team elimination

1 Tim Mertens (Bel) 20 pts
2 Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) 12
3 Danny Stam (Ned) 10
4 Martin Hacecky (Cze) 8
5 Morgan Kneisky (Fra) 6
6 Albert Torres (Spa) 4
7 Marc Hester (Den)
8 Jules Pijourlet (Fra)
9 Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra)
10 Clément Carisey (Fra)
11 Flaurent Ivars (Fra)

Standings after night 1

1 Marc Hester/Jesper Morkov (Den) 47 pts
@ 1 lap
2 Alexander Aeschbach/Franco Marvulli (Swi) 59
3 Morgan Kneisky/Iljo Keisse (Fra/Bel) 54
4 Tim Mertens/Kenny De Ketele (Bel) 51
5 Martin Hacecky/Martin Blaha (Cze) 31
6 Danny Stam/Luke Roberts (Ned/Aus) 30
@ 2 laps
7 Albert Torres/Sebastian Mora (Spa) 29
8 Jules Pijourlet/Kévin Fouahe (Fra) 26
9 Clément Carisey/Bastien Ruffinengo (Fra) 14
10 Pierre-Luc Perichon/Sébastien Ivars (Fra) 11
@ 3 laps
11 Flaurent Ivars/Francois Lamiraud (Fra) 6

Ed Hood
Ed Hood
Ed's been involved in cycling for over 47 years. In that time he's been a successful time triallist, a team manager, and a 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 for some of the world's top riders. 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.

Related Articles

Grenoble Six Days 2011 – Fifth Night

Grenoble Six Day 2011... Bed 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. 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.

Grenoble Six Day 2010, Night Five – Velocious Elia Viviani

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

Grenoble Six Day 2011 – Fourth Night

It's a glorious day in Grenoble, warm, calm, sunny - not a day to be stuck in a stuffy stadium. But that's the runner's place in the way of things - scrambled eggs on fresh baguettes for breakfast eased the pain. The 35 minute chase was a better show tonight and the French guys didn't get pummelled quite so savagely.

Grenoble Six Day 2010, Getting Ready

"It's not a real Six," says our pal Viktor - coincidentally, riders like Marc Hester (Denmark) and Danny Stam (Holland) used to say the same. But that was before the Munich Six disappeared - now they're more than happy to head south to Grenoble at the end of October. As have we, for the Grenoble Six Day 2010...

Grenoble Four Day 2012, Day Three: Kenny & Iljo or Morgan & Brian?

My pal Vik called me this morning; ‘the racing at the Grenoble Four Day can’t be very good if you’re spending so much time taking pictures of boys on the trapeze!’ If I could get him down here it would be different. It’s not just a bike race; if he was here, eating the nice food, drinking champers with friends, with the race whizzing around him and the amazing shows, he'd see things in a new light.

Grenoble Six Days 2011 – D minus 2

Up at 04:30, the plan was to get the bus from Porty at 09:00 - however, and to cut a long story short, the van is abandoned in a western suburb of Edinburgh and a cab was flagged down to get me to the airport on time. The flight was undramatic - thank God - and there was Kris in the airport bus park, with the camper. It's seems to be an unwritten law that you have to arrive in a different country from where the race is; so the rendez-vous was in Geneva, Switzerland.

At Random

La Vuelta a España – Day 3: Stage 13, San Vicente de la B. – Alto de L´Angliru

Hola! It's 15.10 Saturday and we're two kilometres from the finishing line of the Angliru - it's cold, nippy hand, freezy feet cold. It's been glorious weather until now, but low cloud has descended and we're a wee bit panicky about photography, albeit there's around two hours 'til race time. Davie had us up early, we got lost trying to exit Oviedo in the correct direction, but on the second pass we picked up the A630, hung a right to El Foz and in no time were drinking café con leche in a café at the foot of the Angliru.

Berlin Six Day 2013 – Day Five

There’s no wi-fi in the stadium at Berlin at the Berlin Six Day 2013, you have to go up to the press room; it’s quiet up there, there’s hard wired internet which has your pictures flying in a nanosecond and a fridge full of soft drinks and beer – a runner/journalists Nirvana you might say.

Le Tour de France – Day 4: Stage 16, Cuneo to Jausiers

Ah! The glamour of the Tour, sat in the toilet of the hotel room in Jausiers, word processing at 06.30 am. I'm in here so as not to disturb Martin, who needs his sleep to get us up to l'Alpe D'Huez in a couple of hours. The BlackBerry lost it's ability to send emails last night, so instead of my usual tapping away on the tiny key pad, here I am on a full size job-albeit one that's perched on the edge of the shower tray as I sit on the you-know-what. But let's talk about yesterday-is that a song title?

The Colin Sturgess Story – Part Two

We left Colin Sturgess in Part One telling us about his time as a teenager racing in the Commonwealth Games and in the Olympics, and turning pro for the Belgian team ADR.

Le Tour de France 2013 – Stage 16: Vaison-la-Romaine > Gap, 168km. Solo Win for Rui Costa

We left Vaison-la-Romaine this morning on Stage 16, and we got to thinking; if you’re in love with the sport, sometimes it breaks your heart. I can remember sitting in my living room watching Bjarne Riis and Luc Leblanc squabble by the roadside about whether the race should continue during the ‘Festina Tour’ – a race ultimately won by Marco Pantani.

Rotterdam Six Day 2012 – Day Two

It's not a proper Six Day unless it's a marathon to get there - and really you should arrive in a different country. My journey to the Rotterdam Six Day 2012 meant a super-early start, Transit van to West Craigs, cab to Edinburgh airport, plane to Amsterdam, train to Rotterdam, Metro to the Ahoy Stadium - then walk across the road.