Revolution track cycling round one: Clancy supreme as Rapha Condor Sharp dominate

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Revolution round one: Clancy supreme as Rapha Condor Sharp dominate

Olympic team pursuit champion Ed Clancy led the charge as Rapha Condor Sharp dominated round one of the Revolution track cycling series at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

Ed Clancy and Andy Tennant won the madison time trial

The team won all but one of the five elite races on the night and Clancy set the tone for the evening with victory in the flying lap.

The double Olympic gold medallist set a time of 13.009 seconds to win ahead of two-time Paralympic gold medallist Jody Cundy (Team FACE) and Steven Burke (IG Sigma Sport), who was part of the victorious London 2012 team pursuit quartet with Clancy.

British Cycling academy rider Owain Doull, riding for Team Howies at Revolution, claimed the scalp of Alex Dowsett to win the points race ahead of the Team Sky rider, while Clancy finished third.

Team pursuit world champion Andy Tennant then secured Rapha Condor Sharp’s second victory of the night in the elimination race ahead of Joe Kelly (Team FACE) and Sam Lowe (Rouleur).

Team Sky Alex Dowsett finished second behind Owain Doull in the points race (© British Cycling / Andy Whitehouse Photography)

And it was Rapha again in the madison time trial, raced in two parts across the evening, winning in a time of 56.005 seconds, while the Rudy Project Racing Team, making their Revolution debut, finished a strong second.

And Clancy then ended the night as it began with his third victory, this time after producing a storming final lap in the scratch race as Rapha Condor Sharp took firm control of the elite championship, leading Rouleur by 62 points to 53 after round one.

Round one highlights will be shown on ITV4 at 8pm this Wednesday (October 31), with Olympic road race silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead joining presenter Ned Boulting.

Revolution returns to Manchester for round two on December 1 and round three on January 5. Both events are sold out but limited tickets are still available for the fourth and final round at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow February 2.


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