The opening round of the inaugural Revolution Champions League track series in Paris has been postponed to next year, with the opening round now taking place in Manchester.
The six-round series was due to kick off in Paris, with the first two rounds originally scheduled to take place in the French capital on Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19. However, event organiser FACE Partnership announced on Tuesday that due to ‘planning issues’ the Paris round would not take place.
“While the Revolution organisation was excited to launch the first event outside of the UK, the difficult decision was taken not to proceed with the first round of the Revolution Cycling Champions League in Paris,” said a statement from FACE.
The opening two rounds will now take place in Manchester on November 25-26, with the Lee Valley Velodrome in London hosting the final two rounds on December 2-3.
It is hoped that Paris will be included in the 2017 series.
“We are still keen to contribute to the development of track cycling in France, and will aim to come back next year in more favourable conditions, to present the Revolution Series to the French audience,” said the statement.
More information, including details of how to buy tickets, can be found on the Revolution Champions League website.
The Revolution Champions League pits riders from some of the world’s biggest WorldTour road teams against established track talent. Team Sky, Cannondale-Drapac, Lampre-Merida, Orica-BikeExchange, Giant-Alpecin, LottoNL-Jumbo and Trek Segafredo will all field teams that will come up against Revolution regulars JLT-Condor, Pedalsure, Maloja Pushbikers and Team Wiggins.
Riders confirmed for Manchester include Elia Viviani and Peter Kennaugh (Sky), Ryan Mullen and Patrick Bevan (Cannondale-Drapac), Roberto Ferrari and Davide Cimolai (Lampre-Merida), and Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo).
“If we go with a good condition in the last part of November and for the final at the start of December then I think we have a really strong team with lots of Olympic Champions so I think that Team Sky could be very competitive,” said Olympic omnium champion Viviani.
“However, I also think Team Wiggins will be very strong. They have Owain (Doull) in the team this year and with all their other riders, they will be really strong on the track.”