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Revolution – 13

The Revolution revives some past masters as the series returns on October 14th with a distinct Italian flavour as the Manchester Velodrome will play host to some top road names from recent years.

Classics specialist and Italian road star Andrea Tafi makes an early return from retirement to lead the Italian Revolution. With four classics victories under his belt including the 1999 Paris-Roubaix, which he won as the Italian National Champion, Tafi is a superb addition to the Revolution rider list.

Tafi retired from racing last year after a final season with the Saunier Duval team but has kept riding ensuring he will have the form to mix it up at Revolution. He will be joined by ex Mapei team mate Franco Ballerini who was also a Paris-Roubaix winner taking victory in the cobbled classic the year before in 1998. Completing the Italian group will be Silvio Martinello who is certainly no stranger to track racing having won the Olympic Points Race gold medal in 1996.

These riders will feature in a special pursuit event as well as riding against British stars such as Rob Hayles, Chris Newton and Tony Gibb in a selection of other endurance events.

“With a history of bringing in the world’s best track cyclists to Revolution we thought it would be interesting to bring in some more road stars this season” commented James Pope from Face Partnership. “With Lombardy taking place on the same day this has restricted the availability of a lot of current pros so we thought it would be great to bring in some top ex pros. These guys are still riding and keeping fit and they are really up for racing at Revolution. There are more big names to announce and if one of these riders is anything to go by it won’t just be the crowd that roars on October 14th.”

The Italian theme will continue in the sprint racing as Roberto Chiappa is one of the first names confirmed in what promises to be the most star studded sprint field at any Revolution.

Season tickets are also available for Revolution season 4 offering a discount on entry to each event and access via the VIP entrance. For more information on the season ticket see

Season 4 Dates

  • Saturday October 14th 2006
  • Saturday November 18th 2006
  • Saturday December 16th 2006
  • Saturday January 20th 2007


    Where?: Manchester Velodrome
    What time?: Doors open at 5.30pm – racing starts 7pm ends at 10pm

    For all the news and latest announcements, take a look at

    As ever, tickets are available to purchase in advance from or by calling 0700 594 2579 or from the Velodrome. Tickets will also be available on the door.

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