GB v FRANCE SPRINT MATCH AT FIRST REVOLUTION
The new Revolution season kicks off on Saturday 29th October in Manchester with a thrilling sprint programme featuring some of Europe’s next generation of track stars. The highlight of the night looks set to be a head to head race between GB’s new pretender to the throne, David Daniell, and French world champion Michael D’Almeida.
21-year-old Daniell stunned the cycling world earlier this month with an astonishing performance at the National Track Championships, where he swept aside his GB peers and finished second only to Sir Chris Hoy in all three sprint events. Already a Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Daniell will be eager to take his turn at the top of the podium when he faces up to cross-Channel rival and current Team Sprint World Champion, 24-year old Michael D’Almeida.
With the confidence gleaned from his three National Championships medals, Daniell is feeling good going into battle at Revolution.
“I took a bit of a break after the National Champs, then have since hit the training hard,” Daniell told us. “Fitness-wise, I feel like I’m back to where I was the week before the Nationals and I haven’t lost any races since! So with the confidence I’ve gained from those performances, I’m feeling pretty good going into Revolution.”
“The Revolution events are always great to ride,” Daniell continued. “The Velodrome gets packed out and the atmosphere is much more buzzing than the other track meets we ride in. The crowds are always noisy so hopefully they’ll get behind me when I’m racing.”
Daniell also had a few words to say about his French counterpart. “I’ve raced against Michael before in the 2008 World Cup in Manchester and he edged me out in the quarterfinals. Twice it came down to a photo finish though! So I’m definitely out for revenge. I haven’t seen him race yet this season so I’m not sure of his form but hopefully mine will be better,” he smiled.
Adding more young talent to the sprint line-up will be Junior World Sprint Champion John Paul who will be in action against D’Almeida’s compatriot, Thierry Jollet. Revolution favourite Craig MacLean will be lending some world class experience to proceedings.
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