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Elia Viviani the man to beat as Revolution Cycling Champions League teams are confirmed

Viviani the man to beat as Revolution Cycling Champions League teams are confirmed
By Eurosport

27/10/2016 at 14:37Updated 31/10/2016 at 09:50

The 12 teams for the inaugural Revolution Cycling Champions League have been confirmed for the start in Paris on November 18.

Riders including Paris-Nice winner, Geraint Thomas, Italian Road Race Champion, Giacomo Nizzolo and Olympic Gold Medallist Elia Viviani have all been included.

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Viviani, speaking at Team Sky’s training, said: “I think it’s a good move to take a lot of road riders, especially from World Tour teams because it is perfect for the fans, they can watch live on the TV or in the venue and they can see the same jerseys that ride Milan San-Remo and the big grand tours, Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.”

Viviani at the Revolution Series

Viviani at the Revolution SeriesEurosport

Joining them from the UK Championships, which concluded last Saturday in Manchester, will be UK Champions JLT Condor as well as qualifiers Team PedalSure, Team Wiggins and Maloja Pushbikers.

Olympic Champion Ed Clancy claimed the UK title but thinks the Revolution Champions League will be a different level of competition. “I think the World Tour teams will make life really hard for [everyone] across two days of racing," he said. "At this moment time, it’s hard to pick a winner…

" In my opinion Viviani is the best all round track rider in the World. A guy like that, trying to beat him over a flying lap or even a points race, it’s no coincidence he’s an Olympic champion. If Team Sky bring him to every race, they are going to be really hard to beat.""

Joining the four qualifiers from the UK will be wildcard team Equipe de France, featuring some of the best French road and track riders.

The full Cycling Champions League line up:

· Cannondale-Drapac

· Equipe de France

· JLT Condor

· Lampre Merida

Owain Doull (GBR) of Britain and Ed Clancy (GBR) of Britain celebrate winning the race and setting a new world record

Owain Doull (GBR) of Britain and Ed Clancy (GBR) of Britain celebrate winning the race and setting a new world recordReuters

· Maloja Pushbikers

· Orica Bike-Exchange

· Team Giant Alpecin

· Team Lotto Jumbo-NL

· Team Pedalsure

· Team Sky

· Team Wiggins

· Trek Segafredo