Olympic champion Ed Clancy (Rapha Condor JLT) lit up the third round of this season’s Revolution Series after setting a new one kilometre madison time trial world record alongside team-mate Ollie Wood.
Clancy and Wood set a phenomenal 54.537 seconds, shaving twelve hundredths of the previous record set by Sir Chris Hoy and Arnaud Tournant in 2008.
The duo’s world record topped a sensational day of racing in Manchester, which had earlier seen Team Sky’s Pete Kennaugh lap an elite points race field a sensational seven times on his way to a stunning victory.
Kennaugh, a team pursuit gold medallist at London 2012 before he switched his attention to the road last year, where he served as a key domestique for Chris Froome at the Tour de France, was making his Revolution season debut.
And he marked it in incredible style by gaining lap after lap on a field which also contained Clancy, Great British duo Andy Tennant (Madison-Genesis) and Owain Doull (WD40), and Welsh bunch racing ace Jon Mould (Team USN).
Clancy was forced to settle for second place, but boosted defending champions Rapha Condor JLT’s chances of a consecutive overall victories by winning the flying lap and the scratch race in addition to the stunning madison victory.
Clancy has now won six events in just two rounds this year, having missed the second round in Glasgow earlier in the season.
Among the other big names competing at the National Cycling Centre as part of a star-studded line-up was British time trial champion Alex Dowsett, who alongside Adam Blythe helped Telegraph All Stars finish second in the elite team elimination event – Doull and Chris Latham pipping them to victory.
Telegraph All Stars had led the overall standings after the first round, but another consistent day’s racing by German duo Nico Hesslich and Christian Grasmann mean Rudy Project RT ensured the German team maintained the lead they earned in Glasgow.
With two rounds remaining the German team leads the overall rankings by 23 points from Rapha Condor JLT.
Away from the Elite Championship, a high-class field ensured there were thrills aplenty for the Manchester crowd, with Scottish teenage sensation Katie Archibald kicking off the New Year in style by winning the women’s points race.
Archibald, 19, added to her rising stock by beating the likes of Great British team pursuit team-mates Laura Trott, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker (all Wiggle-Honda) in the afternoon session.
She then followed it up with another fantastic performance in the women’s elimination race, but Trott outsprinted the Scot to pip her to the victory.
There was a brief moment of concern for the pair during the women’s scratch race however, after they both crashed, but Archibald showed no lasting effects as she rejoined the race, which was eventually won by Barker, while Trott walked away from the incident apparently not too badly injured.
Olympic silver medalist, Lizzie Armitstead (Boels), also making her season debut at Revolution, showed some early season form too with fifth place in the elimination race.
In the sprint events, Olympic champion, Jason Kenny, achieved a superb double with victory in both the men’s sprint and keirin events, the latter capping another great round of racing.
Revolution will now return on Saturday February 1, again in Manchester, before the season finale at the Lee Valley VeloPark, London, in March.
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