Laura Trott scored a superb hat-trick of wins at the Revolution Series event in Manchester on Saturday night, while Rudy Project RT stayed ahead in the Elite Championship and Team Sky won on the night thanks to Ben Swift and Pete Kennaugh.
The penultimate Revolution Series round left things poised for the season finale in London on 14th-15th March: Sky hauled themselves into third, while German team Rudy Project RT will take a 35-point lead to the Lee Valley VeloPark.
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Another fearsomely strong sprint and endurance line-up was assembled with countless Olympic, world and national champions riding for Elite Championship and UCI rankings points.
Laura Trott was on exceptional form with a hat-trick of victories – Points Race, Elimination Race and Scratch Race – along with Jason Kenny, who won the UCI Sprint and the Keirin.
Swift and Kennaugh joined forces at Team Sky – Kennaugh starring in the Points Race again while Swift got his win in the Scratch Race.
The afternoon session saw the biggest crowd of the season so far, and featured two Elite Championship races.
As usual Ed Clancy (Rapha Condor JLT) won the Flying Lap, before Kennaugh took on the field again in the Points Race.
Clancy’s Flying Lap victories have become a fixture of Revolution Series meets – while Kennaugh is making a habit of collecting laps on the field with apparently little effort.
This time Kennaugh took five laps from his rivals, another accomplished win which bodes well for the road season and his hopes of making Sky’s line-up for this summer’s Tour de France.
Trott won the Points Race – outsprinting Scottish rider Katie Archibald with help from another great lead-out by her team-mates Dani King and Elinor Barker.
By 7pm the venue was packed for the evening session and more world-class racing – and Britain’s Olympic hero Trott soon added another win in the Elimination Race.
Clancy’s awesome speed allowed Rapha Condor JLT to take another victory in the 1km Madison TT, following on from their world’s best mark at Round 3. Clancy teamed up with George Atkins this time, their time of 54.446″ took the 10 points.
Telegraph All Stars (Sam Harrison and Jon Dibben) were second in 55.480″ with Rudy Project RT (Grasmann and Imhof) third in 56.982″, adding a very useful 8 Elite Championship points to their tally.
Jess Varnish returned to action at Revolution Series, beating Vicky Williamson in the final to win the UCI Sprint. Becky James defeated Danni Khan in the Minor Final to take third place.
After the presentations – Team Sky accepting the awards for winning overall on the night – James won the Women’s Keirin while three-time Olympic champion Kenny won the Men’s.
Rudy Project retained control of the Elite Championship overall, leaving things perfectly set up for Round 4 at Lee Valley VeloPark on March 14th-15th.
TV highlights of Revolution Series round four will be shown on Thursday February 6, BT Sport 2, 7.30pm.
Team Sky win on the night
Elinor Barker and Chris Newton