Mark Cavendish returned to the track with the British Cycling Team this weekend - here is a selection of photos of him in action in Derby

Having missed out on a gold medal at Beijing 2008, Mark Cavendish is doing his best to qualify to ride on the track at Rio 2016 and beat his Olympic medal drought.

The Manxman was the only member of the Team GB track team not to come back from Beijing with a medal and his return to the track with the Great British Cycling Team in Derby this weekend brought back memories of seven years ago as he teamed up with Sir Bradley Wiggins in the Madison again.

The duo clicked immediately and won the Madison race and Cavendish finished second to Ed Clancy in the omnium – the race Cavendish may be targeting in Rio.

Photographer Andy Jones was trackside at the Revolution Series in Derby and snapped these great pictures of Cavendish in action.

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  • desk

    They’re soaked in olbas oil to open up your airways. Marginal gains before a tt

  • desk

    He rode an unbranded df4 in the 6 days he did a while ago. Specialized dont have a carbon track frame.

  • desk

    I talked to a GB mechanic and he said the general consensus was that everyone in the squad much preferred the new cervelos

  • Rob Parkinson

    Because he gets nose bleeds being so long since he was on the track.

  • They use it to open up airways – taken out before efforts.

  • Cavendish rides for Etixx Quick Step with Specialized bikes – likely he didn’t have a track bike to hand so he used a BC bike unbranded.
    He’s too much of a professional to ride anything that’s a conflict.

  • Chris

    What’s with the cotton wool up the nose?

  • Fartun

    umm Cav isnt riding a cervelo?

  • J1

    “Because they are better” – not sure how you can prove this?

  • dfd

    Because they are better and they prefer them? It wouldn’t be the first time riders used their old kit rather than that provided by sponsors.

  • J1

    Why would they ride Pinarellos? Team GB are sponsored by Cervélo.

    Clancy will probably get the nod ahead of Cav. He’s the true track rider these days.

  • Dan

    GB are on cervelos now, changed earlier this year

  • DJP

    Where’s the Pinarellos?