Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish will fly to Australia after this week's Ghent Six-Day to ride the Madison at the Sydney and Beijing World Cup meetings.

The decision to send the pair is to ensure there are no slip-ups as Great Britain bid to qualify for a place in the Madison at next year's Olympic Games, to be held in Beijing, China.

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.