It was a case of podiums and paramedics for those Gent Six Day riders heading to the Revolution Series this season.
Yoeri Havik and Wim Stroetinga – who will comprise Team Pedalsure for the first two rounds in London and Glasgow – finished third in Belgium, two laps and 88 points behind overall winners Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw.
The duo were in contention right until the final race of the six days, but the Belgians just had too much in front of their home crowd, with their points advantage proving insurmountable, in addition to their prowess in the Madison.
But with Stroetinga showing his strength with a bronze medal in the scratch race at the previous weekend’s World Cup in Manchester, expect the Dutch duo to be on top form come London this Saturday.
Things did not go so well for eight-time world champion Cameron Meyer, though, with the Aussie crashing so heavily on Friday night that the Madison was abandoned and he was taken to hospital.
He returned to t’ Kuipke the following night though, rejoining the competition alongside Callum Scotson and finishing ninth overall – 23 laps down with just 91 points compared to the 411 amassed by de Ketele and de Pauw.
And Meyer will be hoping a few days rest will do the trick before he takes to the track in London, this weekend, alongside Callum’s brother Miles for the first round of the Revolution Series Champions League.
Danish rider Marc Hester also came down in the same crash as Meyer, but he was back on the track later the same night with partner Christian Grasmann – eventually finishing in fifth, eight laps adrift.
Grasmann will also be riding, partnering Christos Volikakis in London, and Max Beyer in Glasgow, for Maloja Pushbikers.
It wasn’t just the Revolution men that were in action in Belgium, either, with Kirsten Wild showing her form with a win in the Madison alongside compatriot Amy Pieters.
Wild will race for Team Rowe and King in both Glasgow and Manchester, while Dani Rowe’s teammate for London – world scratch race champion Rachele Barbieri – finished sixth in the Madison alongside Elisa Balsamo and tenth in the omnium.
The remaining Revolution rider in action was Corrine Hall – who will ride for Matrix Fitness in Glasgow and Manchester – with the para-cycling pilot guiding Lora Fachie to fifth in the 500m time trial.