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Three-man Madison to feature at Revolution 30

Three riders per team will contest the Revolution 30 Madison (pic: Larry Hickmott – British Cycling)

A three-man Madison will take centre stage at the Manchester Velodrome for Revolution 30 on November 20.

It will be the first time the race has been held at Revolution, although the format features on the Continent where two six-day riders pair up with a road rider.

“The Madison is always a spectacular event but we wanted to take it up a level,” said event director James Pope.

“With three endurance riders in each of the teams, this Madison format provides an exciting opportunity for us to include the race in the Revolution’s team competition.”

“It will also enable us to make the most of the endurance talent we have on display. We have some of the best six-day riders in the world who will be on top form ahead of the Ghent Six.

“Combined with the British stars I think it is going to be the highlight of the Revolution season.”

The third man will make the race much faster than a traditional two-man Madison and the extra rider will add an extra tactical dimension to the race.

Revolution’s technical director Phil West explained: “The extra man will help keep the pace high as the three riders share the work load. The first part of the race will be run as a chase with no sprints.

“This means the teams will be attacking from the start to try and take lap. Once the sprints start in the second half points will be up for grabs so the racing will change.

“It will be full gas from start to finish but the tactics will play a huge part as the teams decide how to use their riders to best effect.”

Six-day stars Franco Marvulli and Leif Lampater are set to feature, while Rapha Condor Sharp captain Dean Downing will team up with Owain Doull and Christian Grassmann.

And the Brit admits he will have his work cut out if the trio are to make an impact against the Continental riders.  

“I’ve never ridden a three man Madison before but it sounds really exciting,” said Downing. “I know they do it at the German six-day races so the guys like Marvulli and Lamapter will have experienced it before.”

“At the end of the day, the race will be won by the team so we’ll have to figure out a game plan pretty quickly. It will certainly be exciting for the spectators to watch so I’m looking forward to it.”

Revolution 30 is the second event of the season and Team Sky lead the team standings ahead of Maxgear and Motorpoint respectively.

Full details of the teams are available on www.cyclingrevolution.com and tickets are available to purchase online or by calling 0843 208 1840.

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