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Revolution 44 – Manchester

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The evening, as ever, kicked off with the Women’s Elimination Race and, as ever, Trott was still in the mix as the race reached its conclusion and it was Archibald and King who were still with her. Wiggle team mate King went first before Trott outsprinted Archibald to take the first win of the evening.

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Sky’s Grace Garner opened the evening’s competition in the Hoy Bikes Future Stars Girls competition with a win in the Points Race – taking the first and last sprints to finish three points clear of Megan Barker of Team USN who took the second with Lucy Shaw of Rudy Project Racing third, a point behind, having taken sprint three.

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Jon Mould was back on form for Team USN winning the Men’s Elimination race from Ben Swift of Sky. They’d shaken of WD40’s Owain Doull with one sprint to go with Christian Grasmann of Rudy Project Racing losing out a lap earlier. 

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Joe Holt of Team USN stared the evening just a handful of points behind Series leader Joe Truman of Rapha Condor JLT and got off to a great start in the Hoy Future Stars Boys Scratch Race – finishing eleven places and 16 points ahead of his rival as he took victory in the opening race. Matt Walls of Champion Systems took second while the ever consistent Karl Baillie of Sky took third to move him in to contention for a top three finish overall at the end of the season.

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Trott and King were in the thick of it again in the Women’s Scratch race with Trott leading home a Wiggle Honda 1-2-3 with King a close second and Elinor Barker not far behind. 

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Rapha Condor JLT – or, more accurately, Ed Clancy and his partner for the evening – have dominated this season’s Madison Kilometre Time Trial competition and with George Atkins taking the place of Oliver Wood on this occasion, the run continued.

Again, seven teams managed to break the minute barrier with HMT Sportscover the first of them – Steven Burke and Jacob Scott clocking 59.162. Team USN – Owen James and Jon Mould – half a second quicker on 58.607.

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Ben Swift were three tenths ahead of the Welsh duo on 58.306 with Yoeri Havik and Owain Doull four hundredths faster than them for WD40 at 58.264.

Grasmann and Claudio Imhof took third for Rudy Project Racing with a 56.982 – a full second and a half behind Sam Harrison and Jon Dibben who set an impressive time of 55.480 for the Telegraph Allstars.

But they were over a second off Clancy and Atkins who clocked another incredible time of 54.446 seconds.

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Rudy Project Racing’s Lucy Shaw kept herself in contention for the overall Series title with another win in the Six Lap Dash with early pace setters Jessica Roberts or USN and Sophie Capewell of HMT Sportscover second and third. 

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The Women’s Sprint competition concluded with two all British Finals. Becky James secured third from Dani Khan in what was actually marginally the quicker of the two Finals. But it was Varnish that took the overall win on the night, pipping Vicky Williamson on the line.

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The penultimate Hoy Bikes Future Stars race of the night saw Holt consoildate his lead in the Series with a first and a second in the middle part of the race enough to give him a two point cushion over Tom England of Rudy Project Racing who clinched second with a second, a third and a fourth. The three other sprint winners – Matt Walls of Champion Systems, Tom Rotherham of Rouleur and Reece Wood of HMT Sportscover failed to score in any of the other sprints.

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Shaw continued to close on Hoy Bikes Future Stars Girls Series leader Garner with yet another win in the Scratch Race. Capewell, too, gained some ground back on Garner with a second place with Sophie Williams in third.

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Two more all British finals saw Callum Skinner take third place from Matt Crampton with Kenny yet again overcoming a slightly under par qualifying performance to take the overall win from Team Sprint lead out man Phil Hindes.

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It was Holt again in the Six Lap Dash – completing a clean swap that saw him take a comfortable 36 point lead at the top of the Hoy Bikes Future Stars Boys competition. Team mate Brett Nethall followed him home with Jack Carlin taking third.

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What had been a good night for Sky and Ben Swift became a very good one when Swift added the Scratch Race to his team mate Kennaugh’s Points Race victory. It was a comfortable win in the end with second placed Evan Oiliphant holding off Rudy Project Racing’s Claudio Imhof.

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With just one round to go Holt has a big cushion of 36 points in the Hoy Bikes Future Stars Boys competition, with early leader Joe Truman of Rapha Condor JLT 36 pointd back and looking under threat for second from Tom Rotherham of Rouleur ten points further back.

Grace Garner of Sky wold love that sort of lead in the Girls competition but she goes to the Olympic velodrome just a pount ahead of Capewill with Shaw just 17 points behind the second placed rider.

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The overall Revolution championhsip has ebbed and flowed but it is Rudy Project Racing that goes in to the final round 35 points clear of Rapha Condor JLT – a strong but not unassailable lead. Sky’s win on the night keeps them in contention – just eight points back in third place.

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World Champion Becky James had the best possble prepration for the defence of her title with a win in the UCI Kerin – holding off Shanne Brespennincx of the Netherlands with Dani Khan third.

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Kenny wrapped up another Spirnt double with a narrow win over Matt Crampton in the Men’s event with Emadi and Skinner completing a Great Britain 1-2-3-4.

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