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Revolution Track Series to be streamed live via Cycling Weekly’s Facebook page

Cycling Weekly and Revolution Track Series team up to bring you free live video coverage of racing from Manchester and Glasgow this autumn, starting on Saturday

Revolution Track Series To Be Streamed Live Via Cycling Weekly’s Facebook Page

Owain Doull, Revolution

Cycling Weekly will be streaming live video coverage of the 2016 Revolution Track Series1, which starts this Saturday, September 17. CW will be showing free live coverage of the Revolution UK Championship via Facebook Live2, in what is believed to be the biggest cycle race ever to be streamed over the social media site. Ned Boulting will be providing the commentary for the live coverage, and Sir Chris Hoy will be joining in on the evening session.

>>> Follow Cycling Weekly on Facebook3

The opening round of the series takes place in Manchester on Saturday, and will host many star riders including Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallists Ed Clancy, Owain Doull, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker. Having been part of Great Britain s successful team pursuit line-up, Clancy and Doull will go head-to-head as they captain rival teams JLT Condor and Team Wiggins at Revolution. Both squads are hoping to qualify for the Revolution Champions League, where they will face a host of WorldTour squads. Laura Trott and Jason Kenny will be appearing at the event on Saturday, where they will be celebrating their impressive haul of gold medals in Rio and meeting fans.

>>> Laura Trott and Jason Kenny to appear at Revolution Series opener in Manchester4

Simon Collis, Content Director of Time Inc (UK) s cycling group, said: Cycling Weekly has a hugely engaged audience on Facebook, and I know they will be delighted to be able to watch Revolution Series with us. We re thrilled to work closely with Revolution to support British track cycling and promote the world s most exciting sport. James Pope, CEO of race organiser FACE Partnership, said: We are excited to extend our digital coverage of Revolution this season in collaboration with Cycling Weekly. The Facebook live broadcast of the UK Championship will provide more live racing than ever before and ensure fans don t miss a second of the action from both the afternoon and evening session.

For more event information and details of ticket sales, visit the Revolution Series website5.

Revolution UK Championship 2016 dates (all to be screened live on Cycling Weekly s Facebook6)
Round 1, September 17 National Cycling Centre, Manchester
Round 2, October 8 Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow
Round 3, October 22 National Cycling Centre, Manchester

References

  1. ^ 2016 Revolution Track Series (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Facebook Live (www.facebook.com)
  3. ^ >>> Follow Cycling Weekly on Facebook (www.facebook.com)
  4. ^ >>> Laura Trott and Jason Kenny to appear at Revolution Series opener in Manchester (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Revolution Series website (www.cyclingrevolution.com)
  6. ^ Cycling Weekly s Facebook (www.facebook.com)

French climber Kenny Elissonde set to sign for Team Sky?

Reports suggest Elissonde has signed a two year deal with the British team from FDJ

French Climber Kenny Elissonde Set To Sign For Team Sky?

Kenny Elissonde at the 2016 Vuelta a Espa a (Yuzuru Sunada)

Team Sky1 inked a two-year deal with French climber Kenny Elissonde that will allow him to ride in with the British squad starting in 2017, according to VeloPro website.

>>> Chris Froome not writing off Giro d Italia ride in 20172

Elissonde, 25, won the Angliru summit finish stage3 in the 2013 Vuelta a Espa a4 and in this year s race, placed second in the Col d Aubisque stage5. He carried the mountains jersey through the final mountain stage, where he was edged to second in the classification by Spaniard Omar Fraile (Dimension Data). He closed the Vuelta, 20th overall at 42-26 behind Nairo Quintana6 (Movistar). Last year, he placed 16th. Since turning professional in 2012, the five-foot-six 52kg rider from Paris raced in FDJ s white colours.

Over the last five years, he raced five Grand Tours. He moved his base to the C te d Azur in Nice, where he trains with others including Sky s riders.



He has yet to race the Tour de France7, and Sky may not change that. Instead, he could support Sky in the steep and high-mountain stages in the 2017 Giro d Italia8 next year. In his first Grand Tour, he rode clear of a breakaway group on the 23.5% ramps of the Alto de L Angliru. Neither Sky nor Elissonde confirmed the deal.

If it goes through, he would be the first Frenchman on the team since the British team s debut in 2010. Then, it had Nicolas Portal and Sylvain Calzati. Portal is now one of Sky s sports directors.

Elissonde had been in contact with team principal David Brailsford in the last days of the Vuelta so it would not be a surprise if he made the switch to the WorldTour team.

References

  1. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ >>> Chris Froome not writing off Giro d Italia ride in 2017 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Angliru summit finish stage (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Vuelta a Espa a (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ second in the Col d Aubisque stage (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Nairo Quintana (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Tour de France (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Giro d Italia (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Team Sky rumoured to be wearing Castelli kit from 2017

Sources suggest a deal has been struck between the British team and Italian kit manufacturer for the new season

Team Sky Rumoured To Be Wearing Castelli Kit From 2017

Team Sky1 will finish its four-year run with Rapha2 this year and according to various sources, will see its stars like Chris Froome3 wear Castelli s kit in 2017. The Italian company currently furnishes team Cannondale-Drapac, which will wear POC.

The British WorldTour team debuted with Adidas in 2010 and in 2013, helped British brand Rapha reach a global market.

>>> Team Sky apologise for close pass incident involving cyclist and team bus: it is unacceptable 4

The terms of the multi-year deal remain closely held between Sky s principal David Brailsford, head of technical operations Carsten Jeppersen and head of performance operations Rod Ellingworth, and of course a select few at the Castelli headquarters in Fonzaso, in Italy s northeast Veneto region. The exact details should emerge sometime in October or November. In those months, Froome and his teammates could already receive their first pieces of clothing from Veneto. Castelli kit can easily be spotted with its red and white scorpion logo.

It would stand out on Sky s black and blue clothing.



In recent years, it made headlines with its innovative bad weather Gabba jacket5. In the snow-ravaged 2013 Milan-San Remo6, several riders said it saved their day. Castelli also supplied Tinkoff-Saxo, the Italian national team and produced the Giro d Italia s leaders jerseys. Sky wants to tap into the same new clothing technologies and give its riders an advantage. A source at Cannondale confirmed Castelli ended its contract a year early, which paved the way for the Castelli/Sky deal and of course, for the eventual POC agreement.

Brailsford, Jeppersen and Ellingworth also considered Sportful, a sister company with Castelli, that will supply Bahrain-Merida7 in 2017. Regardless, the British super team should have a unique kit and clothing technologies. Besides Castelli, Swiss manufacturer Assos and Italy s Giordana were in the running to become Sky s clothing partner.

References

  1. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ finish its four-year run with Rapha (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Team Sky apologise for close pass incident involving cyclist and team bus: it is unacceptable (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ bad weather Gabba jacket (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ 2013 Milan-San Remo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ Bahrain-Merida (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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