With the fourth season of Revolution set to start on October 14 at Manchester velodrome, the Italian countryside has already seen an increase in activity recently with Andrea Tafi, Franco Ballerini and Silvio Martinello out on the roads in preparation for a one-night-only return to racing. Now, Max Sciandri and Rolf Sorensen have dusted off their bikes to take up the challenge and revive old rivalries to entertain the Revolution crowds.
"We’ve all been out training and everyone is really looking forward to it," commented Sciandri. "Rolf already pulled off on a climb at the end of the ride so I took the opportunity to joke with him about his chances at Revolution." With 10 years having passed since Sorensen took silver ahead of Sciandri in the 1996 Olympic Games road race you’d think the grudge would be long over, but Sciandri has already been provocative: "Rolf has put a bit of weight on so I don’t think he’s as much of a threat as he used to be - at least I’ve managed to stay in shape."
Sciandri is less confident about his chances of meeting up with some of his academy riders who train with him in Tuscany. "It’s going to be a hard evening, track racing is really fast so it will be tough against the younger guys," he said, on a more serious level. "It’s going to be really cool riding against the younger riders but we’ll just have to see how things go."
For more information and to buy tickets got to www.cyclingrevolution.com. VIP track centre tickets are also available.