Ed Clancy and Jon Mould of the JLT Condor team beat the assembled road stars from WorldTour teams at the inaugural Revolution Champions League event at he Manchester velodrome at the weekend (November 26-27).
The first running of the new competition sees established road riders from seven WorldTour teams including Team Sky, Orica-BikeExchange, LottoNL-Jumbo, Cannondale-Drapac and Trek-Segafredo take on the teams from the track world.
Clancy and Mould dominated the competition, winning five out of the nine events up for grabs.
Clancy said: “Yeah it’s been great and aside from the wins we’ve been pretty consistent, we’ve been up there in every race. It’s always tough, I was tired this [Saturday] evening, the point’s race in the afternoon session killed me.
“I got a bit excited, which meant I struggled a little this evening but we hung on to a few second and third places.”
Mould added: “It’s good to get back with Ed and now I’m covered in Champagne, even though we had a deal that we wouldn’t spray each other, but apart from that yeah everything’s great – we need to carry on what we’re doing, nothing much more you can do really. I’ve got Ed looking after me so I can’t complain about that.”
Team Sky put in a crowd-pleasing performance, with Olympic omnium champion Elia Viviani and former British road champion Peter Kennaugh placing fourth behind the JLT Condor, Pedalsure and Maloja Pushbikers track squads. Cannondale-Drapac duo Ryan Mullen and Patrick Bevin placed fifth.
The women’s competition saw the duo of Dame Sarah Storey and Neah Evans of the Podium Ambition team take the honours, with Evans winning the tough multi-discipline omnium event. The result was all the more impressive given that it was the first time that Evans and Storey had teamed up.
“It’s the first time we’ve actually raced together, and we just worked well together straight from the start it was so good having her up there with me,” said Storey.
“It was a high standard today, I had to work really hard, there’s so many girls out there on a good level that makes the racing really close, and from a crowd point of view that’s great as it’s anyone’s game.”
Rising talents Ellie Russell and Jim Brown finished the event with a lead in the respective women’s and men’s Hoy Future Stars competitions.
The final two rounds of the Revolution Champions League take place at the Lee Valley Velodrome in London this weekend (December 2/3), where Laura Kenny will make her return to racing at the the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.