Bradley Wiggins denies Mark Cavendish rift after team pursuit

Mark Cavendish misses out on Olympic team pursuit gold but Bradley Wiggins denies freezing the Manxman out of the line up

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish win the Madison, Track World Championships 2016

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Bradley Wiggins has denied there is a rift between him and his Great Britain teammate Mark Cavendish after the Manxman claimed Wiggins, who won his fifth Olympic gold medal in the team pursuit on Friday evening, had frozen him out of the line-up.

Cavendish, first reserve in the team pursuit squad, missed out on a medal as GB ran with the same four-man line up of Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Owain Doull across the three rounds of qualifying, first round and final. Cavendish rides in the men's omnium on Sunday and Monday.

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Richard Abraham is an award-winning writer, based in New Zealand. He has reported from major sporting events including the Tour de France and Olympic Games, and is also a part-time travel guide who has delivered luxury cycle tours and events across Europe. In 2019 he was awarded Writer of the Year at the PPA Awards.