Rowe makes triumphant debut for Sky at Revolution
Luke Rowe, Revolution 35, 7 January 2012
Luke Rowe made a successful first appearance in Team Sky colours at the Revolution track event held at Manchester velodrome on Saturday evening, winning the scratch race.
"It's a great honour, as soon as I pull the Team Sky jersey on today there's a massive smile on my face," said Rowe. "It's always a great vibe here, it's always a great night out so I'm really happy to be back at Revolution."
He continued: "Last time I rode the track was at the Revolution, 2012 is going to be a hard year on the road. There'll be a lot of grafting, a lot of working for my teammates; I've just got to get myself out there."
Rowe continued his run of track form in the Australian Pursuit; where twelve equally positioned riders play the ultimate game of cat and mouse. Rowe went from the gun and fought off a late challenge by Chris Opie to prove himself in this true test of stamina.
The event featured a strong continental contingent. Chris Grasmann shined in particular and helped his team Maxgear Racing to victory in the Team Elimination race; he was joined by promising young elites Adam Yates and Harry Tanfield.
In the 1km Madison Time Trial, a popular Revolution event, CHEP UK's partnership of Jonathan Dibben and Morgan Kniesky beat Sky duo of Rowe and Andreas Muller in an impressive 58.422.
In the Elite Points race, the money was on Rowe but after an early breakaway was pulled back, Jon Mould's early points and consistent performance meant he edged out fellow Welshman Rowe for the win. The two battled it out at the front of the race towards the end, but Mould's 25 points was enough over Rowe's 20 points.
Revolution 35 featured tandem racing for the first time. Two British and two Dutch teams battled across an omnium format including a 200m TT, Match Sprinting and the Revolution finale, a tandem Kilo. Craig MacLean and Anthony Kappes racked up the points to win overall. But the duo of Barney Storey and Neil Fachie enjoyed the raucous applause in the last event, the Kilo, where they beat the Dutch duo of Bos and Bonnhof in 33.328.
In the DHL Future Stars, Emily Kay and Jake Ragan both kept their impressive leads with consistent performances on the night. It would be very difficult to edge out both of these in-form riders at the last Revolution event.
Maxgear Racing displaced Team UK Youth at the top of the standings on the night. They lead the Revolution Championship with 501 points, ahead of Team UK Youth's 494.
Those who missed Revolution 35 will be able to watch the hour-long highlights package, shown on Monday January 9 on ITV4 at 7pm.
The next Revolution will feature Olympic hero Sir Chris Hoy on Saturday January 28, limited tickets are still available via the Revolution website.