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Tournant returns for Revolution 16

Tournant at speed.

Tournant at speed. (Image credit: Nick Rosenthal)

Arnaud Tournant will return to the Revolution track series on January 20 in Manchester. He last appeared at the Revolution 11 in January 2006, where he won the 1 kilometer madison time trial with Craig MacLean. The duo took on the endurance specialists and despite missing the opening handsling, the sprint pair executed a tidy halfway changeover and powered to victory in a time of 57.88 seconds, narrowly missing out on the record held by Cavendish and Clancy.

Tournant will again meet MacLean. Looking forward to the competition, the French sprint star said, "The atmosphere is always very good, and last year we had some fun with the Madison race. Craig is going very well this year, so it will be an interesting challenge to race him in Manchester and a good test before the world championships."

MacLean is riding strongly this year. He took the gold and bronze in the sprint at the Sydney and Moscow world cup and won his weight in wine at the sprint omnium at Revolution 15. The Scottish sprinter will skip the Los Angeles World Cup in order to attend the Revolution on his home turf.

"I had a great start to the season," said MacLean. "I didn't go to Sydney with any expectations and was very pleased to get the gold. The main objective was to qualify in the sprint for the world championships, which I’ve done, so now I can get amongst the action at the final Revolution." MacLean will use the race as preparation for the upcoming Manchester World Cup.

Frenchmen Matthieu Mandard and Michael D'Almeida will join MacLean and Tournant in Manchester.