Marianne Vos comes out on top on the track at Manchester Revolution 38
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Marianne Vos comes out on top on the track at Manchester Revolution 38

by Ben Atkins at 5:23 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Track, Race Reports and Results
Ed Clancy pulls Rapha-Condor-Sharp further clear in overall men’s Team Championship

Marianne VosWorld and Olympic champion Marianne Vos (Rabobank) came out overall winner in what was billed as a London 2012 rematch with Lizzie Armistead (AA in the first ever Revolution Women’s Omnium. In the men’s team championships, powerful rides from Ed Clancy, among others strengthened Rapha-Condor-Sharp’s grip on the overall classification, while Howies maintained its lead in the DHL Future Stars series.

“Vos vs Armitstead” the Rematch

The first Women’s Omnium event saw the crowd treated to the much-hyped contest that many of them had come for as Vos and Armitstead renewed their Olympic road race battle in the Elimination. Junior World champion Lucy Garner (node4-Giordana) was the last rider to be eliminated, leaving the two rivals to sprint it out for the victory, with Vos coming out on top once again.

Katie Colclough (Specialized-lululemon) took back some honour for the British riders as she took the 8km Scratch race with a massive attack with just over four laps to go. Colclough looked to have won it easily, but a final lap surge from Vos meant that the Specialized-lululemon rider was less than a length clear as the Dutchwoman crossed the line behind her; Emily Kay (Scott Contessa-Epic) was third.

Great Britain managed to keep the winning momentum going as Armitstead, Joanna Rowsell (Matrix-Prendas) and World junior time trial champion Elinor Barker beat the Netherlands trio of Vos, Ellen van Dijk (Specialized-lululemon) and Amy Pieters (Skil-Argos). The British took an early lead, which they were gradually increasing, until a massive turn from Vos pulled the Netherlands ahead. The British managed to rally in the final laps however, to win by just over a tenth of a second.

With the British riders successfully marking Vos in the early sprints of the Points Race, van Dijk took off with Vera Koedooder (Sengers Ladies) and the two Dutchwomen managed to lap the field. The ten points gave van Dijk victory in the race, ahead of Koedooder and, with Vos picking up the points behind them, the Dutch took all three podium places.

With a first, a second and a third in the three individual events, Vos was crowned overall winner.

Results Women’s Omnium

Result Elimination Race
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank
2. Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) AA
3. Lucy Garner (GBr) node4-Giordana

Result Scratch Race
1. Katie Colclough (GBr) Specialized-lululemon
2. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank
3. Emily Kay (GBr) Scott Contessa-Epic

Result Team Pursuit
1. Great Britain
2. Netherlands

Result Points Race
1. Ellen van Dijk (Ned) Specialized-lululemon
2. Vera Koedooder (Ned) Sengers Ladies
3. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank

Final Overall Result
1. Marianne Vos (Ned) Rabobank

Rapha-Condor-Sharp maintains control in Revolution Team Championship

Fresh from his conversion to the Great Britain sprint team, Olympic Omnium bronze medallist Clancy took a convincing victory in the Flying Lap to open proceedings in the Revolution Team championship. His time of 13.292 was easily enough to beat Steven Burke’s (IG Sigmasport) time of 13.901, with John Dibben (Rouleur) taking third with 14.063.

Clancy also looked to be having things his own way in the Points Race as a powerful surge for the penultimate sprint pulled a group of riders clear of the pack. Luke Rowe (Team Sky) leapt clear in the closing laps of the contest however, cruising over to take maximum points at the final sprint, and overhaul Clancy’s lead.

Rowe kept the Team Sky momentum going as he outsprinted former Sky rider Russell Downing (NetApp-Endura) by less than half a wheel at the end of the Elimination Race. After Simon Yates (MaxGear) had been the final rider to be eliminated, Downing made a break for it just before the bell; Rowe chased down the Yorkshireman though, just catching him as they crossed the line side by side.

Clancy, along with teammate Andy Tennant was back to the top of the podium for the Madison Kilometre, where the one rider rode the first two laps, before handslinging the other into the final two. The Rapha-Condor-Sharp pair was last to start in the second round of riders, and set a time of 55.249, to go more than a second faster than the previous best of 56.660 from Germans Robert Bengsch and Marcel Kalz (Rudy Project).

An attack from Alex Dowsett (Team Sky) and Bengsch in the first half of the Scratch Race saw both riders lap the field. Alistair Slater (Sportscover) tried to follow but, after dangling off the front for a number of laps, he was pulled back at the halfway point. Having made his lap, Dowsett stuck close to teammate Rowe for the remainder of the race; several accelerations strung the field out in the second half of the race, but Rowe took control with six laps to go. Kalz stormed ahead at the bell, and held off the race to take the sprint; it was only for third however, as Dowsett - in third wheel - crossed the line ahead of Bengsch to take the win.

Results Revolution Team Championship

Result Flying Lap
1. Ed Clancy (GBr) Rapha-Condor-Sharp
2. Steven Burke (GBr) IG Sigmasport
3. John Dibben (GBr) Rouleur

Result Points Race
1. Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
2. Ed Clancy (GBr) Rapha-Condor-Sharp
3. Simon Yates (GBr) MaxGear

Result Elimination Race
1. Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky
2. Russell Downing (GBr) NetApp-Endura
3. Simon Yates (GBr) MaxGear

Result 1km Madison Time Trial
1. Rapha-Condor-Sharp
2. Rudy Project
3. Rouleur

Result Scratch Race
1. Alex Dowsett (GBr) Team Sky
2. Robert Bengsch (Ger) Rudy Project
3. Marcel Kalz (Ger) Rudy Project

Team Standings after Round 2
1. Rapha-Condor-Sharp 125
2. Rudy Project 100
3. Rouleur 95

Howies holds lead in DHL Future Stars despite individual brilliance in other teams

A clean sweep for Emily Nelson (IG Sigmasport) in the girls 6 Lap Dash, Points and Scratch Races, and victories in the boys Scratch Race and 6 Lap Dash for Thomas Rotherham (MaxGear) were not enough to prevent the Howies team from holding its overall lead in the team classification.

Results DHL Future Stars

Result Boys Scratch Race
1. Thomas Rotherham (GBr) MaxGear
2. Tristan Robbins (GBr) Howies
3. Levi Moody (GBr) Sportscover

Result Girls 6 Lap Dash
1. Emily Nelson (GBr) IG Sigmasport
2. Megan Barker (GBr) Raleigh GAC
3. Sophie Capewell (GBr) WD40

Result Boys Points Race
1. Joe Evans (GBr) Rudy Project
2. Levi Moody (GBr) Sportscover
3. Gabriel Cullaigh (GBr) NetApp-Endura

Result Girls Points Race
1. Emily Nelson (GBr) IG Sigmasport
2. Grace Garner (GBr) Team Sky
3. Lucy Shaw (GBr) Rudy Project

Result Boys 6 Lap Dash
1. Thomas Rotherham (GBr) MaxGear
2. Jack Hoyle (GBr) Rapha-Condor-Sharp
3. Tristan Robbins (GBr) Howies

Result Girls Scratch Race
1. Emily Nelson (GBr) IG Sigmasport
2. Grace Garner (GBr) Team Sky
3. Charlotte Broughton (GBr) Team Sky

Standings after Round 2
1. Howies 434
2. IG Sigmasport 373
3. Rapha-Condor-Sharp 359


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