Mark Cavendish’s Tour de France and Olympic dream “too much”, says rival

Sprint and track rival Elia Viviani doesn't think Mark Cavendish can be competitive at the Olympics after the Tour de France

Elia Viviani, Revolution round 5 January 2016

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Team Sky sprinter and endurance track specialist Elia Viviani thinks that Mark Cavendish’s ambition to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France and win Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro will be too difficult a challenge for the Manxman to pull off.

Last week Cavendish outlined his aim to win the opening stage of the Tour and gold in the omnium in Brazil, but Viviani, who has also set his sights on Olympic omnium gold, thinks the two events will prove “too much” for Cavendish.

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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.