Track cycling event Revolution returns on October 14 with a distinct Italian flavour as the Manchester Velodrome will play host to some top road names from recent years. Classics specialist and Italian road star Andrea Tafi makes an early return from retirement to lead the Italian Revolution. With four classics victories under his belt including the 1999 Paris-Roubaix, which he won as the Italian National Champion, Tafi retired from racing last year after a final season with the Saunier Duval team.
He will be joined by former Mapei teammate Franco Ballerini, who was also a Paris-Roubaix winner taking victory in the cobbled classic the year before in 1998. Completing the Italian group will be Silvio Martinello, who is certainly no stranger to track racing having won the Olympic points race gold medal in 1996.
These riders will feature in a special pursuit event as well as riding against British stars such as Rob Hayles, Chris Newton and Tony Gibb in a selection of other endurance events. The Italian theme will continue in the sprint racing as Roberto Chiappa is one of the first names confirmed in what promises to be the most star studded sprint field at any Revolution.
Tickets can be purchased from www.cyclingrevolution.com.