Mark Cavendish must leave Tour de France early to ride Olympics, says Sutton

British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton says Mark Cavendish won't be riding into Paris at the Tour de France if he's selected for the Olympics

Mark Cavendish, flying lap, omnium, Track World Championships 2016

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Mark Cavendish will have to leave the Tour de France before the final stage in Paris if he is to ride for Great Britain in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, according to Shane Sutton.

Cavendish has won on the Champs-Elysées four times in his career, but will have to forego attempting for a fifth this summer if he's selected in the British squad for the Games.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.