Wiggins leads Revolution

Friday, December 3, 2004 12.00am
Triple Olympic medallist Bradley Wiggins leads a cast of track stars in this weekend's Revolution 6
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE The sixth Revolution track meeting takes place this Saturday, December 4, at the Manchester Velodrome and brings together many of Britain's Olympic stars, including 2000 kilometre gold medallist Jason Queally and his successor, Chris Hoy. The Manchester meeting also gives British fans the chance to see triple Olympic medallist Bradley Wiggins in action on the boards before he completes a switch to riding almost full-time on the road. Kilometre kings Queally and Hoy will face up to each other in a 500-metre flying start sprint. Sydney gold medallist Queally will be partnered by Ross Edgar, while Athens gold medallist Hoy is joined by fellow Scot Craig MacLean. "I expect Ross and I are going to win. We've both been racing while Chris has done a lot of travelling and Craig hasn't raced for a while," said Queally. Hoy has responded by saying: "It's going to be very close and it should be spectacular with fast times." Also taking part in the event are teams comprising John Norfolk and Matthew Haynes, and Dave Heald and Barney Storey. Olympic pursuit champion Wiggins, who is due to compete in the Manchester leg of the World Cup on January 7-9 before focusing on the road, will compete at Revolution 6 in the Madison with Rob Hayles, with whom he won an Olympic bronze in this event in Athens. They will face strong competition from the UK and overseas. The Downing brothers, Russell and Dean, are coming straight from a plucky performance in the recent Ghent Six, while international stars such as Franco Marvulli, Alexander Aeschbach, Matthew Gilmore, Iljo Keisse, Danny Stam, Robert Slippens, Jimmy Madsen and Wales-based Paris-Roubaix winner Magnus Backstedt will also feature in this and other endurance events. Britain's leading women also get the opportunity to show their talent. Their star event is a first-ever Revolution points race featuring multi-champion Nicole Cooke, winner of this year's Giro d'Italia, and British Olympians Emma Davies, who recently signed with the Belgian Team Vlaanderen-Interim, Rachael Heal, who currently rides for Farm Frites-Hartol, and Victoria Pendleton. Doors at the veldrome open at 5.30 on Saturday evening with the first race off at 7pm. Tickets are still available through the official website at www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling 0700 594 2579. Tickets will also be available on the door on Sunday evening.

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