Keisse and Viviani in the hot seat at Gent Six Day
Victory in the evening's first Madison race propelled the dynamic duo to the top of the leaderboard.
Iljo Keisse and Elia Viviani, the two riders of Team LIDL, began the second night of the Gent Six Day on the right foot, just like they did on the opening day, winning the points race and cutting the gap that separated them of the general classification leaders.
This result was followed later in the evening by victory in the team elimination race event and another resounding success, this time in the Madison, where a daring attack and a flawless strategy helped them take a lap on the other teams that are going for the overall win, Bradley Wiggins/Mark Cavendish and Kenny De Ketele/Moreno De Pauw.
From that moment on, it was all about holding onto this advantage and gaining more points, and even though by the end of the night the Madison World Champions managed to take that lap back, Iljo and Elia kept their position in the standings and will now go into the third day of the race with a handful of points over their closest rivals.
1. Iljo Keisse/Elia Viviani – 146 points
2. Bradley Wiggins/Mark Cavendish – 141 points
3. Kenny De Ketele/Moreno De Pauw – 164 points (+ 1 lap)
Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele