The end of the UK Championships confirmed the final four teams progression to the Inaugural Cycling Champions League
The 12 teams for the inaugural Revolution Cycling Champions League have been confirmed for the start in Paris, November 18/19.
7 WorldTour teams, Team Sky, Orica Bike-Exchange, Trek Segafredo, Lampre Merida, Lotto NL-Jumbo, Giant Alpecin and Cannondale Drapac all confirmed their squads over the past weeks.
Riders including Paris-Nice winner, Geraint Thomas, Italian Road Race Champion, Giacomo Nizzolo and Olympic Gold Medallist Elia Viviani have all been included.
Viviani speaking at Team Sky’s training said, “I think it’s a good move to take a lot of road riders, especially from WorldTour teams because it is perfect for the fans, they can watch live on the TV or in the venue and they can see the same jerseys that ride Milan San-Remo and the big grand tours, Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.”
Joining them from the UK Championships, which concluded last Saturday in Manchester, will be UK Champions JLT Condor as well as qualifiers, Team PedalSure, Team Wiggins and Maloja Pushbikers.
Olympic Champion Ed Clancy claimed the UK title but thinks the Revolution Champions League will be a different level of competition, “I think the WorldTour teams will make life really hard for [everyone] across two days of racing. At this moment time, it’s hard to pick a winner… In my opinion Viviani is the best all round track rider in the World. A guy like that, trying to beat him over a Flying Lap or even a Points Race, it’s no coincidence he’s an Olympic Champion. If Team Sky bring him to every race, they are going to be really hard to beat.”
Joining the four qualifiers from the UK will be wildcard team France-Alé, featuring some of the best French road and track riders.
The full Cycling Champions League line up:
- JLT Condor
- Lampre Merida
- Maloja Pushbikers
- Orica Bike-Exchange
- Team Giant Alpecin
- Team Lotto Jumbo-NL
- Team Pedalsure
- Team Sky
- Team Wiggins
- Trek Segafredo
Tickets are available to purchase for the Revolution Champions League in London and Manchester from . Tickets to Paris can be purchased on Ticketmaster.