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Revolution 43 – Manchester

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The most predictable event of the evening session was in the Women’s Elimination race where Laura Trott delighted the sell-out crowd by keeping up her phenomenal record in the Devil-Take-The-Hindmost, dropping Dutch rider Nina Kessler and then out sprinting her new Team Pursuit team mate Katie Archibald on the final lap.

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Megan Barker of Team USN took the first win in the Hoy Bikes Future Stars Girls competition taking a second and a fourth place in the first two sprints in the Points race and then clinching the victory with a win in the final sprint. Henrietta Colborne of Champion Systems took second with Grace Garner third for Sky.

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In an unusual twist on the usual Men’s Elite Championship opener, the Elimination Race was run as a Madison-style team event. Owain Doull and Chris Latham of WD40 were the last pair standing with Alex Dowsett and Adam Blythe riding for the Telegraph Allstars the penultimate elimination.

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The opening Hoy Bikes Future Stars boys race saw Tom Rotherham of Rouleur powering away from Sky’s Karl Baillie and Joe Truman of Rapha Condor on the final lap.

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In the Women’s Scratch Race it was Wiggle’s Elinor Barker who outsprinted Kessler, team mate Dani King and Lizzie Armitstead to take the win.

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In the Madison Time Trial the outright record set way back in 2011 by Sir Chris Hoy and Arnaud Tournant was finally eclipsed as nine pairs went under a minute for the four laps. The top six were all under 58 seconds with Steven Burke and Jake Womersley of Team Sportscover clocking 57.981, Dowsett and Blythe of the Telegraph Allstars 57.598.

WD40’s Latham and Doull followed up their Elimination Race with a 57.248 for fourth place. Andy Tennant amd Germain Burton of Madison Genesis were the last of the 57s – with a 57.136 – in third place with Rudy Project Racing’s Christian Grassmann and Nico Hesslich clocking 55.578.

First place – and the new record of 54.547 – went to Ed Clancy and Oliver Wood of Rapha Condor JLT.

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Garner followed up her third place in the Points Race with a win in the Six Lap Dash ahead of early Series leader Sophie Capewell of Team Sportscover and Monica Dew of Madison Genesis.

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Having taken full advantage of the seeding from her qualifying performance, Khan cruised through to the Finals of the Women’s Sprint competition, where she came up against second placed qualifier Ligtlee. The Dutch rider was too strong for the young Brit – the reverse of the situation in the third-fourth final where Marchant held off Ligtlee’s compatriot Shanne Braspennincx.

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Joe Holt of Team USN won the first and third sprints in the Hoy Bikes Future Stars Boys Points Race – taking one either side of Jacob Booth of Rudy Project Racing. Joey Walker of Team Sportscover took the final sprint to tie with Booth on points but took second on count back based on their finishing positions on the last lap.

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Garner followed up her win in the Six Lap Dash with another in the Hoy Bikes Future Stars Scratch Race where she overhauled the combative Lucy Show of Rudy Project Racing and Capewell to take the win and the Series lead.

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Kenny may only have qualified but that didn’t prevent him from progressing to the Final of the Sprint competition where he saw off Haak to take the win. Top qualifier Skinner faced Crampton in an all-British third-fourth race and took the final podium spot.

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The final Hoy Future Stars Boys race – the Six Lap Dash – went to a jubilant Joel Partington who earned a rare victory over sprinter Rotherham. Holt added to his Series score with third to close within two points of Truman.

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The last Men’s Elite Endurance race of the evening was the Men’s Scratch Race and it was Clancy who took the honours again with Grasmann in second and Doull third.

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That second place for Grasmann put the Rudy Project Racing team 23 points clear of Rapha Condor JLT with the Telegraph Allstars 14 further back.

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That wasn’t the end of the racing, though – Khan made up for her disappointment in the Sprint Final with a very narrow win in the Keirin, holding off Dutch trio Yesna Rijkhoff, Braspennincx and Ligtlee to take it on the line.


And the final win on the night went to Jason Kenny – again holding off a pair of Dutch riders to take the victory with Matthijs Buechli and Hugo Haak to take the Sprint double.

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