Sir Bradley Wiggins hails the continued success of the Revolution Series as he looks ahead to his next target: the World Cup in Cali
Wiggins rode alongside teammate Owain Doull in the second round of the series at the National Cycling Centre, with the pair finishing third in the Madison time trial and winning the team elimination race.
The former Team Sky rider also came second to team pursuit teammate Andy Tennant in the scratch race to cap off an impressive individual performance.
And Wiggins says he’s now ‘ticked off’ two stepping stones in his build up to nailing down a permanent spot on Team GB’s team pursuit squad for the Rio 2016 Olympics.
“The European Track Championships was the first phase with me being back in the team pursuit squad, so we ticked that one off,” Wiggins told Telegraph Sport. “Now we’ve done Revolution tonight and next up is the Track World Cup in Cali, then we’ll be building towards the world championships in London in March which will be really big.”
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About riding at the Manchester velodrome, Wiggins added: “It’s 20 years now since I first got on this track – it only feels like yesterday, it’s flown by – and 12 years since I rode the first Revolution in 2003.
“It’s good to be back. It’s always nice to ride here and it’s good seeing how much the sport has moved on since then. This is the norm now: Saturday night is live televised bike racing in front of a full crowd.
“Everywhere we go now it’s a full house for cycling. We had the London Six [Day] and then the Revolution here in Manchester which has been brilliant. It’s nice to have seen it through the ages.”
The UCI Track World Cup kicks off in Cali, Colombia, on October 30, with further rounds to be held in Cambridge, New Zealand, on December 5-6 and Hong Kong on January 16-17.
London will host the UCI Track World Championships in March 2016 in the last major track meeting before the Olympic Games in August.