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Mark Cavendish sixth in Track World Championships omnium: Rio place in doubt?

Mark Cavendish was marked heavily during the final points race in the men’s omnium at the Track Worlds, but did he do enough to impress Olympic selectors?
– Fernando Gaviria wins for Colombia in nail-biting finale

Mark Cavendish Sixth In Track World Championships Omnium: Rio Place In Doubt?

Mark Cavendish, flying lap, omnium, Track World Championships 2016 Credit: Andy Jones

Mark Cavendish1 placed sixth in the men s omnium at the 2016 Track World Championships2 in London on Saturday, throwing his ambition to ride in the Olympic Games3 in some doubt. Colombian Fernando Gaviria successfully defended his world title in a scintillatingly close finale. Cavendish fought hard in the final points race round of the six-discipline omnium but failed to gain enough points to secure a place on the podium. The British rider needed to gain a lap as well as collect sprint points, but was heavily marked and simply failed to find the opportunity to get away. Cavendish appeared optimistic after the event, saying that he hoped that he d done enough to still be selected for Rio.

>>> Podium or bust for Mark Cavendish at Track Worlds if he wants to win Rio gold4

Italian Elia Viviani topped the standings going into the points race, but was overhauled by Gaviria, Roger Kluge (Germany) and Glenn O Shea (Australia) the latter two having gained a lap to book their place on the podium with silver and bronze. Gaviria, Kluge and O Shea all finished on 191 points, but Gaviria won due to his higher placings in previous rounds. Prior to the omnium, British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton hinted that if Cavendish did not claim a medal in London, he would probably not take part in the Rio5 2016 Olympics in August.

Mark Cavendish Sixth In Track World Championships Omnium: Rio Place In Doubt?

Mark Cavendish, Track World Championships 2016

If he can t go top three in the Worlds I would say that Cav would put his hand up and probably continue his dream via the Tour de France trying to get the yellow jersey, or win stages and the Road Worlds, Sutton said prior to the Track Worlds.

>>> Bradley Wiggins relishing reunion with Mark Cavendish at Worlds Madison on Sunday6

Cavendish still has one last opportunity to grab a medal at the Track Worlds on Sunday evening, when he partners Sir Bradley Wiggins in the men s Madison7. The pair were Madison world champions in 2008, but famously missed out on a medal in the Olympics in Beijing later that year. Cavendish will return to the road to ride in the Tirreno-Adriatico8 stage race in Italy from March 9-15 where he will once again ride against Gaviria and Viviani.

References

  1. ^ Mark Cavendish (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ 2016 Track World Championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Olympic Games (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ >>> Podium or bust for Mark Cavendish at Track Worlds if he wants to win Rio gold (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ hinted that if Cavendish did not claim a medal in London, he would probably not take part in the Rio (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ >>> Bradley Wiggins relishing reunion with Mark Cavendish at Worlds Madison on Sunday (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ partners Sir Bradley Wiggins in the men s Madison (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ Tirreno-Adriatico (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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