The Rotterdam Six Days is canceled this year either. The organization has decided to cancel the cycling event in Ahoy due to the uncertainty surrounding the corona measures.
The 39th six-day event would be from December 7 to 12, but it is currently unclear whether the public will be allowed to be present again.
Last year, the Rotterdam Six Days was scheduled twice. The edition at the beginning of 2020 was won by Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga, who has since retired, but the one at the end of November – the new place on the cycling calendar – was already a big stripe in May due to the corona pandemic.
“A slap in the face”, Erika Bronkhorst, events manager of Rotterdam Ahoy, responds to the new setback. “Until two weeks ago, there was no question of canceling the event. We were really looking forward to it.”
Farewell De Ketele
A hard blow for Belgian track cyclist Kenny De Ketele who wanted to end his career in Ahoy. The 36-year-old Belgian, winner of 21 six-day races, had registered together with Niki Terpstra.
“He could have won here in Rotterdam,” says Bronkhorst. “It is heartbreaking that you have to tell such an athlete that it is not going ahead.”
De Ketele and Terpstra had to compete against, among others, Havik and Jan-Willem van Schip, the European champions in the coupling race.
The Olympic champions Harrie Lavreysen, Jeffrey Hoogland and Matthijs Büchli would come into action in the sprint competitions.