Mark Cavendish wins Olympic Games selection, reports suggest

The Daily Mail reports that Mark Cavendish will be on the plane to the Rio Olympic Games in August

Mark Cavendish after crashing in the Madison, Track World Championships 2016
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Mark Cavendish will ride the omnium at this year's Olympic Games after gaining selection to the Great Britain team, according to the Daily Mail.

Sportsmail reports that due to a broken elbow suffered by Jon Dibben, Cavendish has been given the nod to go to Rio, although British Cycling say the squad won't be announced until July.

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The Manxman has been training with the Olympic squad in between his commitments on the road for Dimension Data this year, travelling back to Manchester to work on the track.

He only managed fifth in the omnium at the UCI Track World Championships in London in March, but showed his pedigree with a sensational win in the Madison with Sir Bradley Wiggins.

British Cycling confirmed to Cycling Weekly that Dibben fractured his elbow at the ZLM-Roompot Toer on Friday and is set to undergo surgery today (Tuesday). The governing body insists his Rio ambitions remain unaffected by this setback.

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It will be a blow to the youngster if he is forced to miss the Games, having missed out on the Commonwealth Games in 2014 with a fractured elbow.

Dibben has been in good form this season, finishing second at the U23 Tour of Flanders, as well as second overall at Le Triptyque des Monts et Châteaux in April.

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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.