The Revolution UK Championship winners do the double and win the first ever Revolution Champions League
JLT Condor won the Revolution Cycling Champions League in a close battle with Team PedalSure on Saturday evening at the Lee Valley Velodpark in London.
Ed Clancy and Jon Mould fought hard across two rounds of racing, one in Manchester the previous weekend, where they put in a dominant performance to lead the championship going into the final in London.
Their performance in London however wasn’t reflective of the same dominance in Manchester. The duo let the lead slip after the first race of the day on Saturday afternoon to Team PedalSure by just one point in the overall standings.
Jon Mould was caught out on the Team Elimination race on Friday evening, which shocked the two into the feeling that they had to produce something special on Saturday; “Yeah more on Friday, in one of the races I got caught out and finished eighth and so Ed was out as well. They still haven’t let me live it down, they’ve been taking the mick out of me all evening and this morning, but we’ve made up for it now, but I don’t think I’ll ever live it down,” said Mould.
Clancy agreed saying, “We lost a bit of our lead at the start of the weekend to be fair, but we held on; It was cagey, it was tactical, we weren’t being flamboyant or aggressive we just had to do the appropriate things. I feel a bit bad for Andy [Tennant] in all honesty because I just followed him everywhere and Jon followed Iljo [Keisse]. We knew if we could do that we could win it, so we played it safe and got the job done.”
The Revolution Champions League was the first time that seven WorldTour teams had been in the competition, Cannondale-Drapac were the highest placed team in fifth.
In good spirits after the racing, Ryan Mullen [Cannondale-Drpac] said, “I enjoyed it to be fair, it’s hard but it breaks up the winter for us - I’ve got a bit of track pedigree anyway, I used to do a lot of individual pursuit work. I’ll probably make a return at some point, the plan was for me was to ride the track when I was younger to get noticed. Then I got a road contract and put the track to bed, you never know I might come back and do a bit again.”
In the Elite Women’s Championship Neah Evans secured victory for Podium Ambition p/b Club La Santa in the overall competition.
“It’s been great for me, I’ve managed to race every single round, but importantly it’s been a real team effort. There’s been quite a few different riders racing at each round Katie [Prankard] tonight, Katie Archibald at the first two rounds, Sarah [Storey] and Monica [Dew] came out as well and everyone put in a lot of effort so it’s great to get the win,” said Evans.
Evans faced incredibly tough competition from four-time gold medalist Laura Kenny, who would who would finish second to the Podium Ambition rider in her first attempt at the new Omnium format.
The four-time Olympic gold medalist said, “Yeah I’ve really enjoyed it, I’ve had a really good time, but very difficult, it was my fifth and sixth time on the track since the games so I really haven’t done very much but it was fun, and I love racing in front of a home crowd it’s great just to be back - I love the Revolution the crowd is always fantastic, for me this is where it all started so it’s great to be back in front of this home crowd and this atmosphere.”
In the Hoy Future Stars Competition Ellie Russell and Jim Brown both won the Boy’s and Girl’s overall championship after a grueling five rounds of racing for the youngsters. Their names will be added the Future Stars Hall of Fame, featuring names such as Owain Doull, Pete Kennaugh and Emily Kay.
You can watch highlights presented by PedalSure from the final of the Men's Revolution Champions League on our YouTube channel.