Elia Viviani (Team Sky) has enjoyed a lot of success through his career but here we spoke to him about the darkest days of his professional riding.

Devastatingly losing out on a medal at the London 2012 Olympics ranked highest on his list of tough days.

Competing in the omnium for Italy, Viviani narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal instead having to settle for fourth place.

Equally Viviani expressed the pain suffered by the loss of the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia in 2013 to Mark Cavendish in a dramatic sprint finish.

As a proud Italian Viviani was incredibly upset by missing out on the possibility of wearing the pink jersey in his home country for the first time. He went on to lose another sprint finish on stage six.

The 2016 season has been all about the Olympics for the Italian as he aims to better that fourth place in London as he competes in the omnium at Rio 2016.