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Maxgear Take Team Victory at Revolution 30

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Franco Marvuli in full flight

Franco Marvuli in full flight (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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3 man Madison team, Le Col (Marvuli, Fenn and Mould)

3 man Madison team, Le Col (Marvuli, Fenn and Mould) (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Action from the 3 Man 20K Madison

Action from the 3 Man 20K Madison (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Amy Roberts (Le Col) takes the Future Stars Devil win on the line from Emily Kay

Amy Roberts (Le Col) takes the Future Stars Devil win on the line from Emily Kay (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Andy Fenn and Franco Marvuli hand sling in taking the 1K Madison TT

Andy Fenn and Franco Marvuli hand sling in taking the 1K Madison TT (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Ben Swift wins the Devil

Ben Swift wins the Devil (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Claudio Imhof and Seb Donadio hand sling in the Madison

Claudio Imhof and Seb Donadio hand sling in the Madison (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Double change in the 3 man Madison

Double change in the 3 man Madison (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Emily Kay pops out to take the Future Stars 5K Scratch on the line

Emily Kay pops out to take the Future Stars 5K Scratch on the line (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Emily Kay sits comfortably in the pack in the Future Stars 5K Scratch

Emily Kay sits comfortably in the pack in the Future Stars 5K Scratch (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Forza captain Sebastian Donadio takes the Points race win

Forza captain Sebastian Donadio takes the Points race win (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Harry Tanfield just ousts Sam Lowe in the Future Stars Scratch race

Harry Tanfield just ousts Sam Lowe in the Future Stars Scratch race (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Jess Cramptoon takes the 6 Lap Dash from Emily Kay and Lucy Garner

Jess Cramptoon takes the 6 Lap Dash from Emily Kay and Lucy Garner (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Kay and Rotherham take the applause

Kay and Rotherham take the applause (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Kay and Rotherham take the Future Stars jerseys

Kay and Rotherham take the Future Stars jerseys (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Le Col changing on the way to winning the 3 man Madison

Le Col changing on the way to winning the 3 man Madison (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Leif Lampater (Germany) powers the bend during the Madison TT

Leif Lampater (Germany) powers the bend during the Madison TT (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Matt Rotherham caps a superb event to win the Keirin from Ryan Watmough

Matt Rotherham caps a superb event to win the Keirin from Ryan Watmough (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Matt Rotherham leads the Keirin at the Bell

Matt Rotherham leads the Keirin at the Bell (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Matt Rotherham powers to the Future Stars Sprint champion, from Team Sky's Alex Minting

Matt Rotherham powers to the Future Stars Sprint champion, from Team Sky's Alex Minting (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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MaxGear racing and Motorpoints Emily Kay with Hugh porter

MaxGear racing and Motorpoints Emily Kay with Hugh porter (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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MaxGear take the event and the number 1 spot from Sky

MaxGear take the event and the number 1 spot from Sky (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Pushing and Shoving at the front of the Future Stars Keirin

Pushing and Shoving at the front of the Future Stars Keirin (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Sam Lowe takes the 6 Lap Dash from Tanfield

Sam Lowe takes the 6 Lap Dash from Tanfield (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Sam Lowe takes the Future Stars Devil

Sam Lowe takes the Future Stars Devil (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Swift and the crowd applaud Seb Donadio

Swift and the crowd applaud Seb Donadio (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Swift leads eventual Points Race winner, Seb Donadio from Argentina

Swift leads eventual Points Race winner, Seb Donadio from Argentina (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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The Sky Train take control of the Devil

The Sky Train take control of the Devil (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)
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Thomas and Kennaugh hand sling during the Madison TT

Thomas and Kennaugh hand sling during the Madison TT (Image credit: Chris Keller-Jackson)

Revolution 30 featured some of the continent’s most prolific six-day riders, as well as a strong British contingent, including Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas, Ben Swift and new recruit Alex Dowsett.

It was Team Sky who set out their dominance in the very first event, the Devil Scratch Race. The pace was rapid from the start, with some big names like Franco Marvulli and Alex Rasmussen eased off, saving themselves for the latter events. Team Sky’s Peter Kennaugh looked in pain as he came off the track, but promptly got back up again to continue the race. With some strong turns on the front as the race turned into a Scratch event, the group pulled back an impressive attack by Christian Grassman and Ben Swift took an emphatic victory after a leadout from Thomas.

New Team Sky signing Alex Dowsett paired up with world champion Alex Rasmussen to produce a formidable 1km Madison team, under the CHEP Championship squad. Combined, the duo managed an impressive 58.515. But that wasn’t quite enough to beat Andy Fenn and Revolution favourite Franco Marvulli, riding for Le Col, who produced 58.336.

The crowd were also treated to a rendition of Robbie Williams’Angels, sung by Six Day rider Sebastian Donadio.

In the 15km Points Race, early moves from the continental riders Sebastian Donadio and Franco Marvulli signalled intent. The Team Sky leadout train enabled Swift to accumulate 10 points throughout the sprints, even when his team mate Kennaugh retired, perhaps suffering from his earlier fall. Donadio needed to keep a grip on the race and fought hard and managed to edge out Swift in the penultimate sprint. The last sprint involved seven riders who got away, but none of whom were in the general standings. So it was Donadio, fresh from his singing, who took the overall win; an impressive show on all accounts.

The highlight of the evening was no doubt the three-man Madison, which proved to be fast and furious. “That was crazy fast,” said Dean Downing after the event.

Maxgear looked to be ahead with a team of Adam Yates, Simon Yates and Leif Lampater. But when it came to the final sprint, another fantastic performance from Franco Marvulli, who stood out throughout the night, meant that the Le Col team took final victory. Young hopefuls Andy Fenn and Jon Mould helped Marvulli in an impressive three-man team victory.

The three-man teams meant that the race was a lot quicker than usual, as riders had more rest and changes were more frequent. Marvulli’s experience in the Madison event certainly helped stamp his dominance on the race.


 

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