Team GB confirms riders for Rio Olympic Games cycling events: Cavendish is in

Full list of riders who will represent Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro - Mark Cavendish to ride omnium - Dani King, Matt Crampton, Simon Yates are absent

Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins win the Madison, Track World Championships 2016
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

The full list of cyclists that will represent Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this August was published on Friday afternoon by British Cycling.

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There are no major surprises on list. Mark Cavendish has been selected for the omnium, and he joins the selection of male endurance riders that includes Sir Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull, Steven Burke and Ed Clancy – the latter four being the pick for GB's team pursuit squad.

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Double 2012 gold medallist Laura Trott will ride the women's omnium, and joins team pursuiters Katie Archibald, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Elinor Barker and Ciara Horne in the women's endurance line-up.

Jason Kenny, Phillip Hindes and Callum Skinner will contest the men's sprint disciplines, with Rebecca James and Katy Marchant taking part in the women's.

In the road races, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Adam Yates, Steve Cummings and Ian Stannard will take part in the men's. Cummings was selected as a replacement for Peter Kennaugh, who withdrew due to poor form.

Lizzie Armitstead, Emma Pooley and Nikki Harris represent GB in the women's road events. Froome and Pooley will also ride in the time trial events.

Liam Phillips and Kyle Evans have been selected for the men's BMX event, with Grant Ferguson selected for the men's cross-country mountain bike event.

Dani King, Simon Yates and Matt Crampton are the notable omissions from the list of selected riders.

Laura Trott at the 2016 Track World Championships (Sunada)

Laura Trott at the 2016 Track World Championships (Photo: Yuzuru Sunada)
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

On the track, national teams can take a maximum of eight male riders and seven female riders.

On the road, it is a maximum of five men and four women, with any rider taking part in the time trial usually also taking part in the road race.

Great Britain team for cycling events at the 2016 Olympic Games

Track cycling - 10 events

Figure in brackets indicates number of places Great Britain has qualified for.

Men's team pursuit (1 team of 4) - Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Mark Cavendish

Women's team pursuit (1 team of 4) - Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell-Shand, Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald, Ciara Horne

Men's omnium (1) - Mark Cavendish

Women's omnium (1) - Laura Trott

Men's keirin (2) - Jason Kenny, Matt Crampton

Women's keirin (1) - Becky James

Men's team sprint (1 team of 3) - Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes, Callum Skinner

Women's team sprint (0) - Did not qualify

Men's sprint (2) - Jason Kenny, Callum Skinner

Women's sprint (2) - Becky James, Katy Marchant

Road cycling - 4 events

Figure in brackets indicates number of places Great Britain has qualified for.

Men's time trial (1) - Chris Froome

Women's time trial (1) - Emma Pooley

Men's road race (5) - Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Adam Yates, Steve Cummings

Women's road race (3) - Lizzie Armitstead, Emma Pooley, Nikki Harris

Mountain bike

Men's cross-country (1) - Grant Ferguson

Women's cross-country (0) - Did not qualify


Men's BMX (2) - Liam Phillips, Kyle Evans

Women's BMX (0) - Did not qualify

This article was updated on June 22 and June 24 2016 once British Cycling had confirmed the Olympic squad.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.