With a stellar line up of cycling’s cream Saturday’s Revolution Series at the Manchester velodrome was being hailed as the greatest ever well in advance of a single saddle being taken to. And it certainly lived up to the hype with the likes of Mark Cavendish, Franco Marvulli, Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy lining up for the off. Despite Ed Clancy and Andrew Tennant winning the 1km Madison time trial it was World road race champion Mark Cavendish, making his first track appearance since the 2009 World Championships, that stole the lion’s share of the limelight winning the scratch race ahead of Steven Burke and in front of a capacity crowd. Cav took the 15km event in 17minutes flat with Team Sky’s Alex Dowsett and Geraint Thomas only making 15th and 18th place respectively.
Recently-retired pro, and long-time Revolution Series favourite, Rob Hayles was welcomed with a standing ovation from the 4000-strong audience and fellow riders alike. Highlights of the event will be televised today (Monday, November 21) at 7pm on ITV4.
For full details of the Revolution Series see: www.cyclingrevolution.com