Cavendish out to fill Olympic medal void


Mark Cavendish hopes to finally taste Olympic success in 2016 after failing to win a medal in his last two appearances representing Great Britain.

The Manxman finished ninth in the madison in 2008 in his only Olympic track appearance, while his performance in the 2012 road race also failed to produce a medal.

It is a void Cavendish is desperate to fill after such a successful career on the UCI World Tour, where he has won the points classification in all three Grand Tours and amassed 44 stage wins.

He has claimed gold for Great Britain at the road and track World Championships, and was also victorious at the 2006 Commonwealth Games for the Isle of Man.

Now the 30-year-old has his sights set on Rio de Janeiro as he prepares to make his return to track cycling.

"I'm not trying just to get a place in the team," Cavendish told the Daily Telegraph. "If I go to Rio, I want to get a result.

"I think an Olympic medal is the only thing missing. [As a sprinter] I can't win the Tour de France, but I've pretty much won everything else that I can within my physical realm.

"I've spent a fair bit of time on the track in Manchester. We've done squad sessions with the team pursuit boys twice a week and I've done some extra sessions on my own behind the derny, but I need to balance it with my road riding.

"My road season starts at the end of January, so I have to get my base miles in. From 2016, I'm a Team Dimension Data rider and that must come first."