After the fourth night, Belgian duo Noah Vandenbranden and Gianluca Pollefliet are continuing as leaders of the Toekomstzesdaagse, after having racked up 113 points. Italian duo Mattia Pinazzi/Davide Boscaro, who were second in the ranking on Thursday, disappointed in the Madison and dropped down to 7th place in one lap. The Netherlands’ Yanne Dorenbos and Noël Luijten (53 points) are now in second place. Brits Noah Hobbs/Joshua Tarling (51 points) maintained their third place. France’s Clément Petit/Nicolas Hamon have to make do with 48 points, one more than Switzerland’s Fabian Weiss/Damien Fortis.
It was the very first time that the programme of the Future Six Days featured a Madison, in which Noah Vandenbranden and Gianluca Pollefliet reigned supreme. Dutchmen Yanne Dorenbos and Noël Luijten tried to offer some resistance but failed. Germany’s Benjamin Boos and Malte Maschke came third. Italians Mattia Pinazzi/Davide Boscaro proved to be the fastest in the track lap and just managed to keep Noah Vandenbranden and Gianluca Pollefliet at bay. “I was looking forward to this first Madison. Things just ran a lot more smoothly than in the points race yesterday as well. We were on a role immediately. We were motivated to defend our leader’s position. My dream would be to ride a Madison here every night but that is not how the programme here works”, stated Noah Vandenbranden. Gianluca Pollefliet had a fall on Thursday and suffered several abrasions. “The injury did not really affect me that much during the race itself. The adrenaline must have kept me going. Out ride was very controlled. It was not necessary to take any risks”, decided Pollefliet.