Cavendish put in the sixth best time of field with Elia Viviani taking the overall lead after finishing third

Mark Cavendish (GBr) has retained his third place overall in the Olympic omnium in Rio after taking sixth place in the 1km time trial.

The Manxman now sits 22 points off Elia Viviani’s (Ita) first position total of 140, with two of the six events remaining; the flying lap and the points race.

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New Zealand’s Dylan Kennett took the victory in the time trial with a time of 1-00-923, just shy of Sir Chris Hoy’s Olympic record of 1-00-711, as Cavendish put in a time of 1-02-868 to take sixth in an event he doesn’t favour.

Belgian rider Jasper De Buyst didn’t start the event after suffering food poisoning on Sunday night.

Results

Olympic Games 2016, Men’s Omnium: Kilometre time trial (4/6)

1. Dylan Kennett (NZl), 1-00-923
2. Glenn O’Shea (Aus), 1-02-332
3. Elia Viviani (Ita), 1-02-338
4. Fernando Gaviria (Col), 1-02-469
5. Lasse Norman Hansen (Den), 1-02-538
6. Mark Cavendish (GBr), 1-02-868
7. Tim Veldt (Ned), 1-03-464
8. Chun Wing Leung (HKg), 1-03-730
9. Roger Kluge (Ger), 1-03-797
10. Artyom Zakharov (Kaz), 1-03-941

Overall top ten after four rounds

1. Elia Viviani (Ita) 140 points
2. Thomas Boudat (Fra) 126
3. Mark Cavendish (GBr) 126
4. Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) 118
5. Fernando Gaviria (Col) 118
6. Roger Kluge (Ger) 114
7. Glenn O’Shea (Aus) 114
8. Dylan Kennett (NZl) 110
9. Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) 88
10. Gideoni Monteiro (Bra) 78