ROUND 3: 5th JANUARY 2012
RAPHA CONDOR RETAIN CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD
A world-class line-up of track sprinting talent lit up Revolution Series Round 3 at the National Cycling Centre as Rapha Condor JLT stayed out in front in the Elite Championship.
Ed Clancy kept up his incredible form with another couple of race wins for Rapha. German outfit Rudy Project RT kept up their title challenge, while some scintillating sprinting in the feature racing had another sold-out Revolution crowd jumping to their feet throughout the evening.
Watch highlights of Round 3 on ITV4 - 8pm this on Wednesday, and catch up in ITV Player.
Francois Pervis of France took the Revolution Sprint, beating Callum Skinner, and took the Keirin too, the very last event of a superb evening of racing. The Team Sprint belonged to the French too, with the trio of Pervis, Matthew D'Almeida and Julien Palma proving too good for the rest of the field.
In the Elite Championship, Clancy (Rapha Condor JLT) began the night with what's become a regulation victory in the Flying Lap, maintaining his 100 per cent record in three rounds of the Revolution this season, flying around the track in a time of 13.160. Ross Edgar, making an impressive debut for Team IG Sigma Sport, was second in 13.541 while Marcel Kalz (Rudy Project RT) was third (13.798).
It was more of the same in the second Elite event of the night, Clancy of Rapha Condor JLT collecting another bouquet by triumphing in the Elimination Race. Four-time world champion Franco Marvulli (howies) was second, Jon Mould (howies) third.
Pete Kennaugh of Team Sky, sporting the much talked-about new Rapha gear on its first competitive outing, dominated in the Points Race, winning comfortably before picking out a lucky lady in the crowd with an accurate throw of his winners' bouquet. He amassed 28 points with victory - Adam Yates of MaxGear Racing was second, winning 15 points and Russell Downing (NetApp Endura) was third with 13 points.
"Had a good night, great support!" tweeted Points Race victor Kennaugh, while his National Madison Championships partner Blythe tweeted: "That was hard, enjoyed riding the track but I was tired this evening after the afternoon sessions! Good fun!!"
In the Madison Time Trial, Rudy Project RT duo Robert Bengsch and Marcel Kalz produced what commentator Hugh Porter called an 'unbelievable' time of 54.922 - equating to an average speed of 65.5kph or just over 40mph - another performance which had the crowd on their feet. Team Sky were second in 57.934, securing 11 points, with Team FACE third, getting 10 points.
It was left to Frenchman Pervis to round off a fantastic individual performance by triumphing in the Keirin Final.
Earlier in the day, a healthy crowd watched the National Madison Championships, which included sprint qualification for the evening.
George Atkins (Team USN) and Jon Mould (Team UK Youth) won the main event, which turned out to be a superb race which went right down to the final sprint. They held off Pete Kennaugh and Adam Blythe in a thrilling encounter. Team NetApp-Endura duo Russ Downing and Jonny McEvoy came third.
ITV4 - Wednesday 9th January - 20:00
Repeated Thursday 6th December at 12:00
Championship Standings after Round 2
|1||Rapha Condor Sharp||160|
|2||Rudy Project RT||135|
Olympic Team Sprint Champ
Former World Champion
Former World Champion
Rapha Condor Sharp
BMC Racing Team