The list of riders to line up in the Revolution Cycling Champions League in Manchester has been announced and includes numerous Olympic and National champions.
Amongst those lining up are Irish rider Ryan Mullen who finished in 5th place in the UCI Time-Trial Championships in Doha recently. Mullen will start alongside his Cannondale-Drapac team-mate Patrick Bevin.
The Champions League was scheduled to take place across three consecutive weekends and each weekend would host two days of racing across three sessions (Friday and Saturday).
However, the opening round which was scheduled to take place in Paris was postponed until next year, with the event organiser FACE Partnership announcing last week that due to “planning issues” the Paris round would not take place.
The Manchester round takes place on 25 and 26 November with the London round on 2 and 3 December.
There will be 12 elite teams in the Champions League made up of 5 qualifiers and 7 WorldTour teams.
Team Sky have announced the pairing of Elia Viviani and Peter Kennaugh, who have both won Olympic gold. Orica-BikeExchange will have Sam Bewley and Christian Meier starting with other WorldTour riders including Dylan Groenewegen and Dennis Van Winden (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Ramon Sinkeldam and Zico Waeytens (Giant-Alpecin).
1 Christian Meier Orica-BikeExchange
2 Sam Bewley Orica-BikeExchange
3 Patrick Bevin Cannondale Drapac
4 Ryan Mullen Cannondale Drapac
5 Elia Viviani Team Sky
6 Pete Kennaugh Team Sky
7 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida
8 Davide Cimolai Lampre Merida
9 Dylan Groenewegen LottoNL-Jumbo
10 Dennis Van Winden LottoNL-Jumbo
11 Ramon Sinkeldam Giant-Alpecin
12 Zico Waeytens Giant-Alpecin
13 Eugenio Alafaci Trek-Segafredo
14 Edward Theuns Trek-Segafredo
15 Ed Clancy JLT Condor
16 Jon Mould JLT Condor
17 Marcel Kalz Maloja Pushbikers
18 Christian Grasmann Maloja Pushbikers
19 Andy Tennant Team PedalSure
20 Iljo Keisse Team PedalSure
21 Jon Dibben Team Wiggins
22 Owain Doull Team Wiggins
23 Joseph Berlin Semon France-Alé
24 Romain Bacon France-Alé