It was befitting that the two renowned Belgian riders Patrick Sercu and Eddie Marckx should win the Skol Indoor Six Day International Cycle Race held in their own country this year.
TV PAN Final elimination race in progress
CU Official keeping lap record
TV PAN Willy Debosscher (blue on the outside) beating Merckx narrowly
SV Crowd applauds
TV PAN Final in progress PAN ON Merckx and Sercu handing over the lead (2 shots)
TV PAN Finish of race
TV & CU Crowd applauds as Merckx and Sercu receive flowers and sashes
SPORT: CYCLE RACING
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Background: It was befitting that the two renowned Belgian riders Patrick Sercu and Eddie Marckx should win the Skol Indoor Six Day International Cycle Race held in their own country this year. The event, held in Ghent, Belgium, finished on Sunday (23 November).
Sercu is known as the fastest cyclist in the world -- he once rode an unpaced kilometre inside the minute. Merckx has won the Tour de France five times.
The Belgian pair led from the start of the event on Tuesday (18 November). They finished two laps ahead of the second pair, fellow countryman Julian Stevens and Australia's Graham Gilmour who had a narrow victory over Alain Van Lancker of France and West Germany's Klaus Bugdahl. Van Lancker and Bugdahl were on the same lap as Stevens and Gilmour at the end but there was an enormous 17 lap gap between them and the next competitors.
One of the only times Merckx did not finish on top was when another fellow countryman Willy Debosscher just beat him to first place in one of the first series of elimination races for the final.
For Sercu, the win made up for a disappointing third position in last year's Skol Six Day race at Wembley in London when he was partnered with an out of form Van Lancker. Eddie Merckx did not take part in last year's race.