GB v France (© Colin Simm)

With two of the world’s greatest sprinters featuring at Revolution 7 on the 29th January the scene is set for a revenge match of epic proportions. Arnaud Tournant and Chris Hoy will go head to head in a 500m Time Trial racing against each other in a TT for the first time since the Kilometre TT at the Olympic Games in Athens.

The rivalry between these two legendary sprinters is huge and revenge will be top of the agenda for Tournant who will be looking to set the record straight following Hoy’s victory over him in the Olympic Kilo, “The race in Athens was a huge disappointment for me but I have been training hard over the winter and want the victory" commented Tournant. “It will be fantastic to return to the Revolution and we will be ready to make it a good show".

The event will see the two sprinters racing at the same time starting at opposite sides of the track. Hoy has had the upper hand over Tournant over the last two years but with Tournant is still the World Record holder. He is now retired from the Kilo and focusing on the sprint and Keirin so the shorter distance will also suit him.

Tournant is a formidable opponent but Chris Hoy won’t be scared easily, “It will be really close and very fast. I know Arnaud has been focusing his training on the sprints and Keirin so he will be strong over 500m and I’m sure he will be out for revenge following Athens. My strength is normally in the last 500m but my form is good and I’m confident I’ll still win."

On home turf Hoy should have the advantage and will have the crowd behind him, “It’s going to be really spectacular particularly as Arnaud and I will be on the track at the same time. It should be very visual and the crowd will be able to see who is up throughout the race so the atmosphere will be fantastic."

Hoy and Tournant will also clash in the grand finale of Revolution 7; a France verses Britain Team Sprint with Craig MacLean and Jason Queally making up the British trio and Gregory Bauge and Francois Pervis joining Tournant. The action doesn’t end there either as Bradley Wiggins and Spain’s Sergio Escobar Roure will be squaring up in the endurance events completing a superb night of racing and rivalry.


When?: 29th January 2005

Where?: Manchester Velodrome

What time?: Doors open at 5.30pm - racing starts 7pm

For all the news and latest announcements, take a look at www.cyclingrevolution.com.

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