Olympic omnium format unveiled

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The format for the Olympic Games omnium event has been confirmed by the UCI, with the elimination race being added to make the competition more conducive to endurance riders.

Last week the IOC ratified the track cycling programme for the 2012 Olympic Games in London with the individual pursuit, points race and Madison being cut to make way for three new women's events.

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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.