It's rare that the home fans go home disappointed at the Six Day Copenhagen, and this year has proved to be no exception. For the sixth time in eight years a Danish duo triumphed at the Ballerup Super Arena, as Michael Morkov and Lasse Norman Hansen edged out series leaders Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw. The Danes held on to a narrow advantage in the final hour-long Madison, ensuring they took the competition on points ahead of their Belgian rivals.
For Michael Morkov - now a six-time winner of his home event - the Six Day Copenhagen represented a triumphant return to the track after considerable road success in 2016. Few riders in history have mastered the Six Day format quite like the Team Katusha–Alpecin rider, who now forms part of Alexander Kristoff's lead-out train in the professional peloton. While Morkov's major current focus is the Spring Classics, the former track specialist showed he still has the legs for the velodrome. Lasse Norman Hansen - who previously partnered Morkov to the title in 2013 - was equally strong across six nights, as the Danes stood up to intense pressure on the boards.
Runners-up Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw had every chance going into the final evening, and ultimately finished on the same number of laps as the winners. However, they were left with just too much to do at the end, and ultimately could only match their result from last year. Still, the Belgians have been the most consistent performers across the four legs of the 2016-17 Six Day Series, backing up their wins in London and Amsterdam with a brace of second places in Berlin and Copenhagen. They are sure to be among the favourites for the overall title, to be decided over a single night's racing at the Palma Arena in Mallorca on 17th March.
Another duo who could challenge for the Six Day Series crown is Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga - winners of last week's meeting in Berlin. The impressive Dutch duo backed up their performance in Germany with third place here in a highly competitive field. It remains to be seen whether there will be British representation in Mallorca, with Mark Cavendish focused on the road and Sir Bradley Wiggins now retired from the sport. Andy Tennant and Chris Latham were the next highest-ranked Brits, but their participation will depend on both the availability of others and their own race schedule.
Either way, the Six Day Series Final promises to be a fantastic spectacle of super-speed track cycling, and a fitting end to what has been an excellent competition. We're looking forward to the racing in Mallorca and we expect you are too. VIP hospitality packages are available for the final on 17th March, and also for this autumn's Six Day London at Lee Valley VeloPark. To find out more about these superb sporting events and make a booking, call Sportsworld today on 0208 971 2966.