Swedish champion Magnus Backstedt of Liquigas will appear at the UK's Revolution series track meeting on October 20, after missing out on the excitement of the boards last year.
In a freak accident he suffered a broken collarbone and severely displaced shoulder following a crash in training at the Newport Velodrome. Backstedt had touched wheels during a Madison change with compatriot Freddie Johansson and the injuries that resulted from his fall put him out of action for several months. But now he is back and after competing in the Vuelta is excited about a return to Revolution.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back to Manchester and the Revolution Series. I missed all last winter through injury and it will be fantastic to show off my Swedish national champions colours to a crowd who always treat me as one of their own," he said.
Backstedt is better known as a road rider with a win at Paris-Roubaix under his belt but this season he has clear objectives on the track with his sights set on the Beijing Olympics next year,
"My main goal this winter is to qualify for the Beijing Olympics next year on the track. Coming out of the Tour of Spain, Revolution will be perfect to get my track legs back for the first two World Cups."
Joining Backstedt will be fellow Liquigas team mate Francesco Chicchi. Chicchi has already tasted victory on British soil taking victory in stage 1 of the Tour of Britain in 2006 so he will be a tough opponent for the British track specialists. The Italian sprinter has plenty of experience on the track and is planning on making a competitive return this season so Revolution will be the perfect place to put his sprinting skills to the test.
Tickets for Revolution on October 20 are on sale at www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling 07005 942 579 or 0161 223 2244.