ARMITSTEAD AND VOS READY TO DO BATTLE AT REVOLUTION SERIES ROUND 2
World No 1 Marianne Vos returns to the National Cycling Centre in Manchester on Saturday night to renew her Olympic rivalry with Lizzie Armitstead.
An elite women's Omnium with a Team GB v Netherlands flavour will keep the crowd entertained at the second sold-out Revolution Series event of this season.
If you missed out on tickets, watch highlights on ITV4 on Wednesday 5th December from 8pm and catch up in ITV Player.
British riders Joanna Rowsell, Lucy Garner, Elinor Barker, Katie Colclough and Dutch pros Ellen van Dijk, Amy Pieters, Nina Kessler and Vera Koedooder will also compete: See full Round 2 details here
Vos, No 1 on the road every year since 2007, a Gold medalist on the track at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and on the road at London 2012, can't wait to return to Manchester to renew her rivalry with Armitstead.
She tasted success at the World Championships in Manchester by winning the Points Race in 2008.
"It was great to compete at the World Championships, but I had to win to get to the Olympics in Beijing - the pressure on that race was amazing, and it was an amazing crowd. I hadn't done that many track races before ...
"The crowd went crazy - it was a great experience for me to race there. To have a standing ovation from a British crowd, it was pretty cool!"
Vos famously defeated Armitstead in a superbly dramatic Women's Road Race at the London 2012 Olympics, in what she now calls an 'epic' encounter.
"It had taken four years," Vos added. "It had to happen in that one moment, on that one day, and the way the race went on the day made it even more special. It was a great atmosphere, being in the breakaway with Lizzie Armitstead, a British rider ... I knew Lizzie is a great sprinter and the crowd would be behind her.
"I was really not sure about the win until five metres before the line - it was such a great race - an epic race. The memory will last forever.
"It was a totally different atmosphere to anything I've experienced before. I can still hear all the crowds yelling. Even in the pouring rain there were crowds all along the route."
As for her meeting with Armitstead at Revolution, the Rabobank rider added: "I don't know how she's prepared so I'm curious to see how she does. Lizzie has a lot of track experience too so it's going to be interesting. It was fun competing against her in the road race and it'll be great to compete against her on the track."
Tickets for all three Manchester rounds are sold out but you can still buy tickets for Round 4 in Glasgow.
See full schedule and event information for Round 2 here.
Highlights of Round 2 will be shown on ITV4 at 8pm on Wednesday 5th December, and will be available for catch-up in ITV Player.
Revolution Series Season 10 dates:
Round 1: Saturday 27th October, National Cycling Centre, Manchester - SOLD OUT
Round 2: Saturday 1st December, Manchester - SOLD OUT
Round 3: Saturday 5th January, Manchester - SOLD OUT
Round 4: Saturday 2nd February, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow - BUY TICKETS