French sprint star Arnaud Tournant has been confirmed as a starter for Revolution 16 in Manchester on January 20th. Tournant last appeared at Revolution 11 in January 2006, where he won the 1km Madison time trial with Craig MacLean. The duo decided to take on the endurance boys, and despite missing the opening hand sling, the sprint pair executed a tidy halfway changeover and won in a time of 57.88, narrowly missing out on the record held by Cavendish and Clancy.
Tournant will be back in action at the Manchester velodrome where he will once again meet MacLean. "I’m looking forward to racing again at the Revolution," he said. "The atmosphere is always very good and last year we had some fun with the Madison race. Craig is going very well this year so it will be an interesting challenge to race against him in Manchester and a good test before the World Championships."
MacLean is in good form, having already taken gold and bronze in the sprint at the Sydney and Moscow World Cups, as well as winning his weight in Ravenswood wine in the sprint omnium at Revolution 15. The Scottish sprinter will now skip the Los Angeles World Cup enabling him to test his form on home ground at Revolution.
"I had a great start to the season," said MacLean. "I didn’t go to Sydney with any expectations and was very pleased to get the gold. The main objective was to qualify in the Sprint for the World Championships which I’ve done so now I can get amongst the action at the final Revolution.
"Tournant will be there and I believe there are some of the other big names so it will be an exciting event and good preparation ahead of the Manchester World Cup."
In addition to MacLean, Tournant will be joined by French team mates Matthieu Mandard and Michael D'Almeida with more international sprint stars due to be announced next week.
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