Ahead of Sunday's final night of the 77th Lotto Six Days of Flanders-Ghent, organisers Rob Discart and Christophe Sercu are satisfied with this year?s running of the event.
The legendary event produced thrilling on-track action in 't Kuipke, despite a couple of unfortunate setbacks. "The run up to the event wasn?t perfect because suddenly Iljo Keisse had to withdraw from the race", Sercu explains. "Over the six days we also had some back luck with Michele Scartezzini's illness and Cameron Meyer?s heavy crash.
"Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw have been dominant, but they didn't get a clear run. Especially the French duo Kneisky-Thomas and Dutchmen Stroetinga-Havik provided fierce opposition this week. The Belgian youngsters performed very well, too. Lindsay De Vylder, Robbe Ghys and Gerben Thyssen all showed their talent. We have a quality field of participants this year and we want to continue down that road. In 2018 Iljo Keisse will return and we will keep looking for other interesting riders."
The organisers are also buoyed by the fact that the event keeps attracting a sellout crowd. "In terms of public interest this Lotto Six Days of Flanders-Ghent was another success", adds Rob Discart. "All six days were sold out with 30,000 tickets being sold in advance. I think that says it all. The Six Days are still appreciated by the public."
"Next time we would like to make the programme slightly less tough. Here and there we might cut a discipline. Two supersprints on one night is a bit too challenging. We mustn't forget that the Lotto Six Days of Flanders-Ghent is probably the most physically demanding event on the six day calendar. During the London six days I had a chat with Mark Cavendish. He would love to come back to Ghent. This year it didn't fit in his schedule because he?s doing a training camp with his team. Who knows we can make it happen in 2018."