A host of Great Britain road and track talent will be out in force for the third round of the 2014/15 Revolution series on Saturday 3 January at Manchester’s National Cycling Centre.
Road stars Pete Kennaugh, Luke Rowe and Lizzie Armitstead will be joined by team pursuit world champions Joanna Rowsell, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald, while Great Britain’s Jess Varnish and Victoria Williamson will take part in the UCI sprint competitions.
Pete Kennaugh and Luke Rowe return to action for Team Sky and will line up against countryman Adam Blythe, riding for Orica-GreenEDGE.
It will be Blythe's debut appearance for the Australian squad and he'll be looking to move the team further ahead in the Championship with the help of Dutch powerhouse, Jens Mouris.
Equally, Kennaugh and Rowe have unfinished business after missing out on a victory at round two and with the Elite Championship delicately poised every point will count.
Thanks to a strong performance from Scott Law at round two, Orica-GreenEDGE moved ahead of Team Sky into third place on 75 points with Team Sky in fourth on 72. Defending champions Maloja Pushbikers lead on 103 points with Telegraph All Stars currently second on 85. At the mid-point of the season these gaps can be easily closed and Luke Rowe is up for the challenge:
“We'll be trying really hard to get one over on Orica at round three,” said Rowe. “It's great to have a win especially in our barn! That doesn't take away from the fact this is a gentlemen's sport and there's a huge amount of respect there between the teams.
“Adam and I are great friends and have been for as long as I've ridden bikes. He's an immensely talented rider, aggressive but also tactically very smart. It's nice to ride against a good mate but he's also a tough competitor. I couldn't be happier for him getting the move to Orica-GreenEDGE, he deserves to be in the Pro Tour and now he's back here where he belongs.”
In other racing Lizzie Armitstead lines up against Jo Rowsell, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald in the elite women’s endurance whilst Jess Varnish and Vicky Williamson compete in an UCI sprint and keirin.
Tickets can be purchased on www.cyclingrevolution.com or by calling See Tickets on 0844 412 4650. TV highlights of round three will be on Channel 4 at 7am on Saturday 10 January.