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Mark Cavendish to race at Revolution, first time on the track since 2009

World road race champion Mark Cavendish will ride on the track for the first time 2009 when Revolution takes place in Manchester on Saturday November 19.

Cavendish has two madison world titles to his name, winning with the recently-retired Rob Hayles in 2005 before taking gold with Bradley Wiggins in 2008.

But Cavendish was the only British track cyclist to return from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games without a medal, finishing eighth with Wiggins in the madison.

That looked to signal the end of the Manx Missile’s track career but Cavendish returned as a surprise inclusion in Great Britain’s 2009 World Championship squad, where he failed to medal in the scratch race and madison.

And Cavendish has not raced on the boards since, instead increasing his tally of Tour de France stage wins to 20 and claiming the green jersey in this year’s race, before becoming the first Briton to be crowned world road race champion since 1965 in September.

Three of Cavendish’s new Team Sky team-mates – Geraint Thomas, Pete Kennaugh and Alex Dowsett – are also down to race at Revolution, alongside Olympic team pursuit champion Ed Clancy, European team pursuit gold medallist Andy Tennant and international duo Franco Marvulli and Iljo Keisse.

Organiser James Pope said: “Mark raced Revolution regularly in the early years so it is fantastic to welcome him back as the world road race champion.

“After such a fantastic year on the road the Revolution crowd are going to provide a hero’s welcome to Cav so it will be a special evening.”

Limited tickets remain on sale via  TV highlights will be broadcast on ITV4 at 19:00 on Monday 21 November.

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