'Mark Cavendish can race three-week Tour and Olympics' says Dimension Data

Dimension Data's Brian Smith says that they will assess Mark Cavendish's form during the season to decide whether he rides three weeks of the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish can race three weeks of the Tour de France and still win a medal in the omnium at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, says Dimension Data Team Manager Brian Smith. British Cycling Technical Director Shane Sutton, however, said last weekend that Cavendish would need to abandon the Tour early to have a chance.

Cavendish placed sixth in the London world championships omnium on Saturday and won the Madison with Bradley Wiggins on Sunday. He had aimed for an omnium medal to show he was on track for Rio.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.