Ghent Six Day: Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish sitting third after opening night

Belgian duo of Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw lead the way in early stages

Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins at the 2016 Ghent Six Day (Watson)
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Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish enjoyed a steady start to the Ghent Six Day, sitting in third place after the first night.

The event is currently being led by the Belgian duo of Kenny De Ketele and Moreno De Pauw, who beat Wiggins and Cavendish in the London Six Day in October, with Elia Viviani and Iljo Keisse in second.

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The night got off to a successful start for Wiggins and Cavendish, racking up a string of first and second places at the start of the evening, with victory in the first points race and madison, and second places in the team elimination and time trial.

However De Ketele/De Pauw and Viviani/Keisse were always in close attendance, completing the top three in the team elimination, madison, and derny races.

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The final madison saw Wiggins and Cavendish make their only real slip up of the evening, finishing out of the points in seventh place, while De Ketele/De Pauw and Viviani/Keisse finished second and third respectively, while the Australian pairing of Callum Scotson and Cameron Meyer took the victory.

That means that at the end of the first day of competition De Ketele/De Pauw lead the standings with 96 points, with Viviani/Keisse second with 76 points, and Wiggins/Cavendish third with 72 points, but with all teams still on the same number of laps.