The duo got off to an excellent start by winning the first Madison and points race – and successfully defended their lead throughout the evening.
Racing for Topsport Vlaanderen, the Belgian-German duo hold an 8-point lead over Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hoecke (Team Baloise), while local favorite Iljo Keisse and partner Wim Stroetinga who maintain third place – another six points back.
The first evening of racing was marred by two heavy crashes involving world scratch race champion Martyn Irvine and Australia’s Luke Roberts. Roberts is believed to have suffered a fractured collarbone, while Irvine sustained muscular damage to his hip.
Their partners, Franco Marvulli and Marc Hester, are likely to ride together for the remainder of the event.
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