Team Shy’s disappearing act

Hooray for Cav. After several of the home nations’ riders managed to wriggle out of the Commonwealth Games it’s good to see a major star still committed to riding in Delhi.

With Cavendish starting as favourite for the World Championships, no one would blame him for giving India a miss but the Manxman is having none of it.

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“I’m very proud to have a Commonwealth gold medal back home and I’d like to get another one,” he told the Mail on Sunday.

“I particularly like competing at the Games because it gives me the chance to represent the Isle of Man, and this only happens every four years.”

Four years ago he won the 20-kilometre scratch race and although he’s targeting the road race in Delhi it is also remotely possible that he could also manage to defend his track title on the final day at the velodrome, 48 hours before the road title.

It’s a refreshing attitude after the mass pull-out by Team Sky riders. Russell Downing, Geraint Thomas, Ben Swift, Ian Stannard and Peter Kennaugh have all cancelled along with their Kiwi team-mate Greg Henderson.

Sky may have become Team Shy. You would have thought that after their mediocre debut season they would be racing in all and everything until the very end.

That’s certainly the case with David Millar. Tour de France, Vuelta, half the Giro, World Champs and then Delhi: here’s a rider who gives his sponsor value for money.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly