FI’ZI:K’S WIGGINS AND CAV WIN GHENT SIX-DAY RACE

WIGGINS, CAV & VIVIANI ON GHENT TRACK PODIUM

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish (both fi’zi:k Arione saddles ) reprised memories of their world championship madison win by stealing a lap in the final event of the revered Ghent Six-Day race to claim a memorable victory.

Wiggins and Cavendish went into the last race – a 60min-long Madison – significantly down on leaders, the Belgian pairing of Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw, and second-placed Olympic champion Elia Viviani (Italy, fi’zi:k Arione 00 saddle ) and his riding companion Iljo Keisse (Belgium).

On paper it looked an impossible mission. And so it seemed as the laps ticked by. Several times, the British duo took a lap, only to be pegged back by their leading rivals. In fact, the top three teams took a lap off each other an incredible eight times.

However, with the race reaching its conclusion, Wiggins used all of his years of experience in what could be his retirement race to make the move that sent his team into the lead. At the time, they were 65 points behind the leaders. It was memorable stuff. With only five 167m laps to go, the stunned opposition had insufficient time – and energy – to respond and the title went to the Brits.

“It’s always special to win here [Wiggins won in 2003 with Matthew Gilmore] and I always said my final send-off would come here,” Wiggins said after the race. “To win it with Mark, after everything we’ve been through, makes it even more special.”

Meanwhile, in southern hemisphere rod racing, fi’zi:k-riding Team Dimension Data dominated the seven-stage Tour of Rwanda, which reached its conclusion on Sunday. Home rider Valens Ndayisenga (fi’zi:k saddles) finished third over the final 108km stage, centered around the Kigali Amahoro Stadium, to take the GC title by 39 seconds over teammate Metkel Eyob (Eritrea, fi’zi:k saddles).