The British Continental team who qualified for the Champions League by winning the UK Championships back in October dominated the competition over the weekend’s racing
The duo of Ed Clancy and Jon Mould rode to a convincing win at the first ever round of the Revolution Cycling Champions League in Manchester.
Competing over two days of racing, the JLT Condor duo looked unstoppable winning a total of five races out of a possible nine. They currently lead the championship on 199 points from Team PedalSure in second and Maloja Pushbikers third.
“Yeah it’s been great and aside from the wins we’ve been pretty consistent, we’ve been up there in every race,” said Clancy. “It’s always tough, I was tired this [Saturday] evening, the point’s race in the afternoon session killed me,” a race Clancy went on to win. “I got a bit excited, which meant I struggled a little this evening but we hung on to a few second and third places.”
Commenting on Saturday evening’s sell-out crowd in Manchester, Clancy said, “It’s great to see all the WorldTour boys here, the crowd was sold out tonight, I saw some LottoNL-Jumbo flags in the crowd and people with air horns, and then a little Italian section cheering for [Elia] Viviani in the corner over there, it was really good to see and hear.”
Clancy’s teammate Jon Mould was also very happy with their performance, “Yeah it’s been really good; 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.”
The Revolution Cycling Champions League was the first time the series would see seven WorldTour teams take to the track. Both Team Sky and Cannondale-Drapac have taken the competition in their stride taking on the track teams, currently holding the fourth and fifth positions on the leaderboard.
Cannondale-Drapac rider, Patrick Bevin was very complimentary to the UK teams; “I’m sure you’ve heard it over and over but you’re going up against some really quality track riders, it’s a classy field out there. To be honest, for me and Ryan [Mullen] to turn up, I thought we rode well, I’ve really enjoyed the past couple of days and I’m looking forward to next week in London.”
In the Women’s competition Neah Evans won the Omnium against very tough competition from Emily Nelson of Team Breeze and Elinor Barker, Matrix Fitness RT. Evans’ performance extended Podium Ambitions lead at the top of the championship from Voxwomen second and Great Britain in third.
Evans partnered with Dame Sarah Storey in Manchester, praising her teammate, she said, “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 - 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.”
The HOY Future Stars competition provided more great excitement for the crowd as Ellie Russell continued her dominance in the girl’s competition. She won all three of her races in convincing style, winning her last race of the night by an astonishing six bike lengths. Her lead now stands at 66 points to nearest rival Anna Docherty.
The boy’s competition is a much closer fight for the title, as leader Jim Brown must defend an 8-point lead to second placed Ethan Vernon. Brown didn’t manage to win a race during the session but consistently placed to hold on.
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