Round two of the Marianne Vos-Lizzie Armitstead rivalry, begun at the women’s road race at the London Games, will unfold at the second round of the Revolution track series on Saturday December 1.
The Olympic gold and silver medalist will resume wheel-to-wheel combat in Manchester, swapping the famed red tarmac of The Mall for the boards of the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.
Both riders have an impressive track pedigree. Vos was world and Olympic champion in the points race in 2008, while Armitstead was part of the women’s team pursuit squad that won the world championship for Great Britain in 2009.
Excitement for the rematch between two of the best-known riders in women’s cycling was stoked by Armitstead at last week’s opening round of the Revolution series.
The Olympic silver medalist joked that she had heard Vos would ride at the next round and had decided to start training.
Vos said: “It will be amazing to return to track racing at the Revolution Series after winning Olympic Gold in the Road Race in London. I have great memories of competing in Manchester – I won the Points Race at the World Championships there in 2008 so it’s where I started to have success on the track. I’m really looking forward to competing at Revolution against some of the best riders in the world.”
Last Saturday’s opening round witnessed a dominant performance from Olympic gold medalist, Ed Clancy, who took on team pursuit colleague and fellow gold medalist, Steven Burke, and Paralympic bronze medalist, Jody Cundy.
Highlights will be show tonight (Wednesday October 31) at 8pm on ITV4.
Sir Chris Hoy, five-time Olympic gold medalist, will ride in the final round of the Revolution Series in Glasgow, on Saturday February 2.