Telegraph All Stars take control of Revolution Series Elite Championship

Olympic Gold medalist Steven Burke and team-mate Owain Doull assumed an early lead in the Revolution Series Elite Championship for the Telegraph All Stars in Manchester.


An expanded five-round competition, which involves three rounds in Manchester, one in Glasgow and a finale in London kicked off in front of a sell-out crowd at the National Cycling Centre.

A mixture of world-class women and men riders - both endurance and elite - provided a huge variety of action with Laura Trott, Dani King, Jo Rowsell and Elinor Barker all riding for Wiggle-Honda.

Another Team GB Olympic hero Jason Kenny was on top form in the sprints, while Jess Varnish brought one of the biggest cheers of the night by winning the UCI Sprint near the end.

In the HOY Future Stars, Sophie Capewell (HMT-Sportscover) was the strongest individual rider with an impressive 78 points. Joe Truman (Rapha Condor JLT) leads the Boys' competition with 80 points.

Riding for the newest team in the competition, the Telegraph All Stars, Burke and Doull proved the strongest pairing in a high-class field of riders with Team Sky, Madison Genesis and Rapha Condor JLT all represented.

Revolution Series' media partnership with The Telegraph and London Bike Show also kicked off, with a live blog on the The Telegraph sport website keeping those fans who couldn't attend up-to-date.

Earlier in the day, during the afternoon session, a mixture of UCI racing and one Elite Championship event - the Flying Lap - kept the crowd entertained.

King won the Points Race, beating Anastasia Chulkova into second place with support from her Wiggle Honda team-mates Trott, Rowsell and Barker.

Ed Clancy (Rapha Condor JLT) began the new series as he ended the last - with victory in the Flying Lap in 13.358secs - the first Elite Championship event of the day came in the last race of the afternoon session.

Luke Rowe took an impressive victory in the Elimination Race in the evening - before a massive cheer went up when Varnish won that UCI Sprint Final, beating compatriot Becky James into second.

Clancy served up yet another victory in an enthralling UCI Scratch Race - the final Elite Championship event of the night.

It was another high quality dose of world-class track cycling from the Revolution Series. See you in Glasgow for Round 2 on Saturday 30th November ...

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