Champions versus champions at Revolution opener

Pursuit riders to take on sprinters in 750m time trial

A special 'champions versus champions' race has been added to the programme for the opener of the sixth Revolution Series.

With Team GB now the riders to beat on the track, Team Pursuit will take on Team Sprint in a 750m flying time trial. The race is set to be a highlight of the evening, with Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Ross Edgar taking on Geraint Thomas, Ed Clancy and Steven Burke.

Revolution returns to the Manchester Velodrome on Saturday, where riders will compete in front of a sellout crowd. Headlining the event will be Brad McGee, in his final competitive outing, along with Stuart O’Grady, Matt Goss and David Millar. They will be joined by the cream of British talent including Olympic medallists Thomas, Clancy, Staff, Kenny, Chris Newton and Burke.

Commenting on the champions race, technical director Gordon Harling said: “Of course, the sprinters should be faster but the flying start will level the playing field a bit. The pursuit boys train over these short sprints regularly and when I spoke to Ed (Clancy) he was well up for it. The whole team are very competitive. What better way to stir things up then to put them head-to-head, Olympic champions versus Olympic champions.”

This year's series will include elite women’s racing for the first time. James Pope, of Event Promoter FACE, said: “We always struggled to host exciting women’s racing in the early Revolutions. Now the sheer talent and quality has effectively forced us to recognise and include a female endurance programme. With young riders like Lizzie Armistead, Katie Colclough and Alex Greenfield all making it on the podium at the Manchester World Cup, the talent is there and we’re confident the women’s racing will be an exciting addition.”

Full details of the event can be found on www.cyclingrevolution.com. Highlights from each of this season’s Revolution events will be broadcast on Sports Central by media partner Channel M TV – available to view on Sky and online at www.channelm.co.uk/sport.

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