Cavendish wins derny race, Kluge and Reinhardt take the lead

On the second day of the Lotto Six Days of Flanders-Ghent the Germans Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt took over the lead from Otto Vergaerde and Jules Hesters. Mark Cavendish put an opening day crash behind him to win the derny race.

Cavendish returned alongside his partner Iljo Keisse and didn’t appear to be slowed down by his Tuesday night crash. He won the second derny race in commanding style after Marc Hester took the first win.

Cav, paced by Michel Vaarten, bombed passed the opposition in the final stages of the event, raising the roof of a pulsating Kuipke.

Oliver Wulff Frederiksen, who also suffered a crash on Tuesday, showed his promise. The young Dane won the first points race and the one-lap time-trial. The second points race went to Jules Hesters, reinforcing his overall lead with Otto Vergaerde. Later on they had to cede that position to Germans Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt, who put a lap on the field in the first madison of the event. Before the second madison there were wins for Iljo Keisse in the supersprint, for Jasper De Buyst in the scratch and Moreno De Pauw on the 500 metres.

In the second madison, the final event of the night, Oliver Wulff Frederiksen and his French partner Morgan Kneisky looked on his way to victory again, but the Dane was caught at the line by Wim Stroetinga.

De Vylder/Stroetinga, Frederiksen/Kneisky, Hester/Van Den Bossche and Rickaert/De Pauw all took a lap on the rest on the field.

Kluge and Reindhardt lead the 79th edition of the Lotto Six Days of Flanders-Ghent with 59 points and a one-lap lead over De Ketele/Ghys

(91 points), Vergaerde/Hesters (84 points), Havik/Van Schip (81 points), De Buyst/Van der Sande (75 points) and Pieters/Rickaert (51 points). The remaining teams are two laps down or more.