News: Pressure on Cav at London Worlds


“I just want to win an Olympic medal” – Mark Cavendish on his determination to Rio 2016 and achieve his goal

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News: Pressure on Cav at London Worlds

One of the riders the World will have its eyes on at the Track Cycling World Championships will be Mark Cavendish. The most succesful Britsh road sprinter of all time, has spent weeks and longer working towards to representing Great Britain at the Rio Olympics on the track.


With the road race there expected to be a climbers event, the track is the only choice for the Manxman who has 26 stage wins in the Tour de France to his name but no Olympic medals. It will be Cav’s first track worlds appearance since 2009 in London.

“If I can’t get a result at the Worlds, I can’t at the Olympics so I have a lot to focus on” he says to British Cycling. Twice a winner of the Madison World title, first at 19 in Los Angeles in 2005 with Rob Hayles and then again in 2008 with Bradley Wiggins the cycling legend suffered Olympic disappointment on the track in Beijing and then on the road in London.


“I just want to win an Olympic medal. If I had won one already, I don’t know if I would be here, and I probably wouldn’t be putting so much into it. The medal is the only thing that is missing from me as a bike rider. I’ve been on the road since the Hong Kong World Cup in January so I know my endurance is better, but I wouldn’t be doing the Worlds if I didn’t think I could get a result there”.

“We had a conversation the other day about the Worlds, and I was saying almost half of the Worlds I’ve been to, I’ve won something, so I never just go and cruise around. I’m always motivated to win and I know what it means to be selected for your country.”

“I’m a professional cyclist so I wouldn’t say I’m excited to be wearing the GB kit, but I’m definitely proud, because I’ve always been proud to represent my country.”

“Anything can happen at competition, even if your numbers are there in training. I’m interested to see what I can do in the bunch races. In Hong Kong there was a decent field but not everyone was there, so to put myself against the best will be crucial to judge where I am,” a determined looking Cavendish stated.



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