Road race world champion Mark Cavendish has said he would like to be part of the British team pursuit squad for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil.

Speaking to Sky Sports News this morning he said: “I watched the guys last night and saw the team spirit and how they’ve grown as a unit and I said, ‘I want to be a part of that again,'”

“The road race won’t suit me in 2016. It’s not going to be a flat race around Rio, so I’d really like to push for a 2016 spot on the track.”

Cavendish has been in the London velodrome working as a pundit with the BBC. He was world champion in the madison in 2005 and 2008, but still hasn’t won an Olympic medal. The most high profile British rider not to do so.

As part of the British Cycling academy when he turned 18, Cavendish is no stranger to track racing. He rode as part of a team pursuit squad in world cups alongside Ed Clancy and Geraint Thomas.

“The training with track cycling is very hard. It’s very institutionalised with drills, drills, drills. But that’s what you’ve got to do in most sports to win Olympic gold,” he said. “I’ve spoken with the coaches about it. I’d love to be part of a team and the team pursuit.”

The UCI’s track program has shifted dates for this coming winter. The track world championships are now February, thus avoiding any major clashes with the classics season on the road, meaning Cavendish could race track in the winter before a road season.

  • Tim

    I think that Geraint was slightly under the weather from his previous nights celibrations – not sure a hot velodrome with the loudest noise level of any of the olympic venues is ideal for a hangover.

  • Frank Greacteren

    Im not the biggest Cav fan but hes winning me over, seems a character the lad, plenty of smiles- Geraint thomas, did you just win a gold medal, you wouldnt have thought so the miserable bugger- ive seen woodentops with more personality!

  • Hadyn Bosher @ 78 in Thailand

    REgarding Rio i thought Cav liked flat courses!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Stephen

    Based on his work with the BBC over the last two day he clearly still loves the track and would no doubt be a valuable member of Team GB at Rio! I must say I had great respect for Mark’s attitude while doing his “Cycling pundit” work with Jake Humphreys. He is clearly disappointed to once again be out of the Olympic medals but was able to smile about it, even in the presence of Geraint Thomas! And, how good was he?! He’s really warming to the task now, and beginning to “love the camera”. Keep up the good work Cav!