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  • claude cat

    Typical Cavendish modus operandi, i’m afraid.
    Willing to risk all and sundry to get a result. Not sure why he wasn’t sanctioned.

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  • david__g

    Yes. Definitely worse than doping, Rasmussen, you ding dong.

    • Morten Reippuert Knudsen

      “causing physical injury to 3rd party, potential leathal (the korean guy was uncontious!)” vs. “cheating 3rd party, and potential causing physical injury to yourself”

      david_g – you are clearly the ding dong here.

      • david__g

        Former dopers really don’t have the moral authority to criticize anyone else.

        Also, Cav was not disqualified as it wasn’t his fault so your point doesn’t really mean anything.

        P.S sorry I upset you by disparaging ol’ dopey Rasmussen.

        • Morten Reippuert Knudsen

          your ability to argue shows that you are truely beyond reach – you made the comparason yourself.

          • david__g

            You’re weird dude. Stop trying so hard.

            • Morten Reippuert Knudsen

              if this was usenet 15 years ago you’d have earned yourself a PLONK. EOD

              • david__g

                I have no idea what you are on about but I think you are trying to impress me. It isn’t working.

                Are you the same nationality as Rasmussen? You certainly seem a little bent out of shape by my comment.

                • James_Casper

                  I’m part French, part Italian. I find your comments / personal attacks on a poster a little irritating.

                • shane lai

                  one needs not to be dane to realize the stupidity of your comments

                  • david__g

                    Doping is far worse than an accident causing a crash. Nowt stupid about that.

            • GVA

              Love how you are just like Donald Trump, when someone disagrees with you, you start by calling them a name! #Classy

          • david__g

            But in case it wasn’t clear: being a doper is worse than an accident in the heat of a race for which the rider was not sanctioned because the officials did not seem it worthy of sanction.

            Did it cause injury? Yes. Was it deliberate? Apparently not. So your point is largely irrelevant!

        • Gooch

          He admitted it was his fault. As regards to intention, having looked back over his left shoulder twice when he did how can he claim not to have seen the Korean rider??

          • golddigger69

            Bc he thought it was Vivianni who was also on white and blue–it was just misfortune for
            park that he was mistaken for the Ialian

        • Andrew

          Rasmussen was only busted on same issue Lizzie Armistead appealed to CAS and with BA help got off! He is far more honest about being a pro in 2000s than most and is no longer caught up in the omerta that stops most current and retired riders saying anything for fear of no income. I find his insights far more truthful than the glib statements of most commentators. Some dopers are hated ie Rasmussen, Landis, Armstrong and some are loved ie Valverde, Impey, O Grady. It is all BS.

        • James_Casper

          So if David Millar made the comments Chicken Man did, you would say the same thing?

          Have you EVER cheated at anything in your life?

          Tax return? Test? Quiz?

          What authority do you have to pass comment?

          Opinions are opinions. We all have them, are we’re alll entitled to make them.

          • david__g

            No, I haven’t ever cheated at anything. And if Millar said the same, I’d respond in the same way, as he is also a cheating doper!

            • Neuron1

              It is hard to believe that you never cheated in your life. Research consistently shows that most children will cheat, and presumably you were a child at some point. Additionally, just because Rasmessuen cheated in the past, it does not invalidate his opinion.

      • tylerkay

        Doping is not just about the athlete, but all other competitors. It’s even more than that, a public health problem. It is also a theft ( Rasmussen knows, he who left the Tour de France … as a thief while he still had the yellow jersey ). Sometimes it’s even a mafia system, with many collateral victims ( prison, death, accident, threats … ).

        How many athletes stop their career because of doping / they refused to dope?

        To (deliberately?) drop an opponent is it worse than to participate (deliberately?) in a state doping network for years?

        Don’t know, because the comparison does not make sense.

        Rasmussen is an idiot.

        • ebbe

          Yes, it’s worse. For a “cheating” perspective it might be equal. But from a “bloody moron” perspective, putting somebody in hospital with a neck brace and artificial breathing is far far worse.

          If I assaulted you on the street, broke your nose and then stole your wallet, it would be worse then if I only stole your wallet.In both cases I took the same amount of money from you. But the unneccesary(!) broken nose makes it worse

    • GVA

      Doping is wrong but you are only cheating someone out of a result…here it couldn’t have been life or death or a serious long term injury! You are the ding dong!

  • Tim Ashton

    Rasmussen has about as much credibility as a peanut.
    While extremely careless, I can not believe Cavendish did that intentionally. I’m not his biggest fan but are people so dramatic that they think he intentionally tried to take 3 riders out. Not sure what the rules/regulations in track racing are but the DQ many are suggesting seems over the top, although a deduction of a small amount of points for being careless probably would have been appropriate.

    • ebbe

      Cavendish was not careless at all, but in fact very careful. He looked right at Park and the guys behind Park, waited, looked again, and only when the time was right made the sharp turn. Not with the direct aim to take out Park (who was no threat – all Park dis was close a gap on Cavendish), but to take out the race leader Viviani behind Park.

      If Cavendish would not have looked at all, then sure “careless” would have been the perfect word. Viviani almost caused a crash in the same race because of not looking. That was very careless of Viviani. Cavendish was “just” being Cavendish again.

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  • jules

    it wasn’t deliberate. there was no cause for Cav to deliberately crash into a Korean pack-filler.

    what’s less clear is what caused Cav to swerve like that. he may have just over-balanced? seems unlikely for such a seasoned pro but it looked clumsy. or maybe he thought he was pulling in front of the Korean?

    you could argue he should have been DQ’d for such dopey riding.

    • Mark Blackwell

      But the Korean brought down Viviani, who Cav must’ve seen just behind. I’m a fan of Cav (well, less so now), but is it really so hard to believe that someone with his killer instincts and desire to win gold might be just desperate enough to do this deliberately?

      • Neil

        Dopey riding, but no, I don’t think he would deliberately do this. I suspect he didn’t even see the Korean and was just moving down to mark Viviani.
        Still, possibly a DQ

    • Feral

      You might have some cause to review your use of the term ‘Korean pack filler’. Park, whilst in the bottom half of the Omnium competition, is obviously a talented athlete. He has clearly met his country’s Olympic qualifying standard. Your terminology is disrespectful at best, rascist at worst.

      • Roger That

        Well said.

      • Wily_Quixote

        Right on.
        I love it when internet heroes dismiss real athletes.
        Especially classy when the athlete is hospitalised for getting in the way of a white guy with a pronounceable name.

        • Steel

          Don’t bother trying to drum up some offence where none was intended. Being Korean had nothing to do with it, it was his likelihood of winning that was being articulated here.

          And yeah, as for the internet hero sling, it would make for a boring discussion if us non pros couldn’t comment on ‘real’ athletes

          • James_Casper

            I don’t think it’s a racist comment.

            I do find it extremely disrespectful.

            Park had just as much right as Cav to be on that track. In fact, when you compare how both riders qualified to get to the olumpics, you could argue Park had more right to be on that velodrome.

          • Wily_Quixote

            Well his likelihood of winning was assured by Cav, wasn’t it?

            if ethnicity or country of origin had nothing to do with it then Jules could have said ‘pack filler’ – being korean has nothing to do with it. If he wanted to refer to the man himself he could have said ‘Songhoon Park’.

            And, anyeay, describing an olympic athlete as ‘pack-fill’ is indeed boorish and disrespectful. i wouldn’t write that Jules’ mum is a fat, old woman – even though she might be. I think it’s called manners, or something.

            When Jules is in the pack at the olympics I might take his comments with a bit more respect. I take it that he wasn’t in the omnium that night.

            • jules

              this may shock you but sometimes I just write comments without giving a whole lot of thought to phrasing and terminology. I’m happy to receive feedback – it wasn’t a great comment.

          • jules

            that was indeed what I meant. Cav had no reason to punt someone off who was not a threat to his own medal chances.

            “Korean pack filler” was not a great choice of words. I didn’t intend any disrespect to Park.

            • golddigger69

              You sound a lot like a certain presidential candidate who has trouble when people decode his verbiage and call it for what it is.

              • jules

                I suspect some people see a faux pas as an opportunity to tee off on someone, masquerading as concern for the ‘victim’. you need to get over it now

                • Wily_Quixote

                  Let it die Jules.
                  You’ve admitted that your comments were intemperate and offered that you were misconstrued.
                  Attacking those who objected to your comments is not likely to advance your cause, whatever their motivation.

                  The eddy McGuire defence just prolongs the agony.

                  • jules

                    there’s no agony when you’re posting anonymously. but I genuinely didn’t mean any disrespect to Park, who was 100% the victim in the crash. I just enjoy blog jousting

            • Thomas Snaaijer

              Except by knocking off Park he also knocked off Viviani…

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    • roklando

      “Korean pack-filler”?? really???

    • ebbe

      Well, Park had just closed a gap on Cavendish. But I don’t think that was it either

      However, there was plenty of cause to deliberately crash Park in front of the race leader Viviani. This little stunt could have gotten Cavendish the gold, if only Viviani had been a bit less lucky in the crash. Anything can happen in a crash.

    • James_Casper

      Very disrespectful comment Jules.

      I expect better than that from you.

      • jules

        I feel like Eddie McGuire!

    • Legstrong

      Wow… Korean pack-filler. I am willing to bet you can’t even follow his wheels on the track. Very disrespectful to a real Olympian especially coming from a keyboard warrior.

      Cycling Tips allows borderline racist theme comments now???

    • golddigger69

      But if he thought it was Vivianni, also in white and blue, then it makes perfect sense for him to cause the crash.

      • jules

        I suspect if it was Vivianni would was carted off, Cav would have been DQ’d.

        I doubt Cav did it deliberately.

  • Frank Z

    I bet Viviani’s attitude would be different he couldn’t continue.

    Whether you think it was deliberate or not he should have been DQ just for riding like an D grade club rider.

    I seriously cannot believe after looking over his left shoulder twice that he did not see Parks. This guy is a menace and a danger to his fellow riders.

  • Altimis Nuel

    Hey, you think judges is so stupid? under UCI watch?

    If they would disqualify Cavendish, they will but its not ‘intentionally’

    Slo-motion replay make its look extreme while in actual, its happening damn fast

  • krashdavage

    I’ve looked at this a number of times now. It looks like Park was drifting up the track. It’s entirely plausible that Cav thought he (Park) was coming up above him or even onto his wheel. We can but speculate from the video we see. I’ve been in a similar situation myself on the track. I was in a position much like Cav in a race once and swung down the track into another rider. The difference being I was the one that ended up on my backside. It could’ve been the same for Cav. Love him or loathe him, it wasn’t deliberate*.

    *Full disclosure: this is my opinion and I am a retired not that experience track racer

    • lowlander

      This is the only footage of the crash that I’ve seen, and I had the same reaction. Park was moving up track pretty dramatically but given the angle of the shot and how tightly it was zoomed in, it wasn’t that apparent.

      Now, this doesn’t excuse Cav, not by any stretch. I just don’t think the crash was deliberate. What surprised me more though was his complete lack of a reaction.

      • krashdavage

        I agree, you feel someone fall across your rear wheel and hear carnage and don’t look back? And yeah, not much about it afterwards. Just weird.

    • Chuck6421

      I too keep looking at this because I can’t believe what I see. Right in the first 2-3 seconds he’s clearly giving an almost “Armstrong Stare” back, right at Park, and then he moves directly into him. Either he’s guilty of assault or cycling while blind.
      Disgusted, I am.

  • Gavin Adkins

    I doubt that it was intentional, but it was very average. I don’t think it’s a DQ either. This is the sort track racing incident that would traditionally be ‘resolved’ in a dark car park. The worst part is that this all detracts from Viviani, who raced brilliantly and is a thoroughly deserving Olympic champion.

    • GVA

      A dark car park! It’s only funny because it is kind of true! :-)

  • roddders

    Cycling journalists are pretty much an embarrassment so don’t have any right to question performances like this when they are happy accepting the performance of certain teams and riders in the grand tours.

  • Baz

    anyone on here ever raced track? It was a shit move, which really should of been looked at, seeing as he was disqualified from the elimination for rough riding. It’s track racing, it’s always been hard rough, desperate racing

    • rct

      He wasn’t DQ’d from the Devil for rough riding. He was eliminated in the 7th place sprint for overtaking on the Cote.

  • Jay F.

    I’m more disappointed by Cavendish’s response (with respect to threatening that reporter). He comes off a being a bit immature and somewhat unlikable.

    • James_Casper

      It’s a trait Cav has mastered for years.

      Amazing talent on the bike.

      Total knob off it.

    • James_Casper

      It’s a trait Cav has mastered for years.

      Amazing talent on the bike.

    • James_Casper

      It’s a trait Cav has mastered for years.

      Amazing talent on the bike.

      Total twat off it.

  • Mark Blackwell

    I wonder why he didn’t look back immediately after the crash? The crash happens and he continues to look forward as if nothing had happened, and then casually scratches his leg where the Korean’s wheel rubbed him. His reaction seems so cold and calculated… either he didn’t give a damn about the crash he’d caused, or he did it deliberately to bring down Viviani

    • GVA

      Mark, I am not the biggest Cav fan and I think he should get a DQ but as a racer you are taught not to look back when there is a crash behind you (at least immediately) as hesitation and deviating from line on a track can cause more crashes.

      • Thomas Snaaijer

        I’ve seen this comment before. “When someone crashes don’t look back”. In a road race, I agree. In a track race, where you are looking back half the time anyway, I don’t buy it. Especially since he was onto the straight section after the crash anyway.

    • jules

      I had someone clip my rear wheel and fall in a race. You know what’s happened. You’re too busy to bother looking around and taking in the scene. A pro like Cav (and there is some irony in saying that here, given the circumstances) won’t be freaked out by that crash. He’ll just get on with it. Even if he knows it was his fault.

      • Sean

        Too right, the people complaining about it probably don’t even race.

        • James_Casper

          And of course, those that have raced, and have been quoted in this article, and who believe Cav should’ve been DS’Q are also wrong??

          • Saeba R.

            James, did you even read the whole story? There is more than one opinion.

            “It’s not his fault,” Viviani said. “The Korean guy was halfway on his wheel to the right, normally you stay on the wheel. Cav was in the front and changed direction, so it’s all normal.”

          • Sean

            no idea.

            • James_Casper

              Well, I suggest you get one.

          • rct

            Did Rasmussen ever race on the boards?

            • James_Casper

              Here’s a tip. Read the context of my point.

              I’ll help you:

              Sean said that those who are complaining probably don’t even race.

              I highlighted there are those that have raced (Chicken man and Thijs Zonneveld amongst others) who are complaining.

              So my question was … Are their opinions valid or not?

              Whether Rasmussen or Thijs Zonneveld raced on track wasn’t part of my argument.

              Have you raced on track?

              If not, then your opinion is not worthwhile either.

              For the record I have. And my thoughts – not that they are worth anymore than yours, Rasmussen’s or Thijs Zonneveld’s, is that it was accidental.

              You okay with that????

              • rct

                Sorry, misinterpreted your phrasing.
                And yes I have raced track and road for 35+ years, so a bit of experience, if not much speed these days.

    • ebbe

      The “not looking back” makes perfect sense, if only for safety. I’m glad he didn’t look back during the race.

      What does not make sense is attacking the journalist who shows him the video footage after the race. You’d expect something along the lines of “Oh shit! Is he OK?! I didn’t quite see what happened in the heat of the race, but hope he’s OK.” You wouldn’t expect “You know I can sue you for [asking me about] this [move]”.

      • nycebo

        Very good point indeed. I wonder the same thing.

      • cindy

        He didn’t sound innocent lol.

    • Morten Reippuert Knudsen
      • Mark Blackwell

        Thanks for this… Anyone who agrees with me is of course a genius :)

        But seriously he makes the point well. Some above say that trackies are taught never to look back but I would’ve thought it a reflex action, almost involuntary to look back in concern, even for an Olympic level cycliat

  • GVA

    Cav is a very successful rider and some of it is because he is willing to take the risk of going for space that doesn’t exist…but he has no regard for others and his reaction here just shows what a disgusting person he is. You have every right to risk yourself for a win but not others…if he doesn’t get punished he will continue to do it and maybe even be more of a danger to himself!

    • ljblas

      “Shows what a disgusting person he is”….you know him do you?….idiot.

      • GVA

        Did you not hear what he said to the Dutch journalist when asked about the incident? First, is the rider who fell is Dutch? He then threatened to sue the guy and finally walked off verbally abusing the guy! #championbehaviour
        Do you remember the time he stuck the middle finger at the cameras as he crossed the line after he won a race? Blaming Heinrich Haussler for a crash that took out half the peloton when it was clearly his own fault!
        Anyone who grossly and negligently endangers another person is a disgusting person!

        • JJ

          When Did you and Cav become friends though? you must know him pretty well to brand him a disgusting person. Feel that passion and conviction that you have, believing you are right to call him disgusting? Cav has that same feeling when he races and has a crash, and believes it wasn’t his fault. Its all about perspective. I don’t think he is a disgusting person, maybe cocky at times, but he is also a big target. So he was on the defensive after being involved in an accident, I would be too probably, I don’t think i would threaten to sue but shit i might tell someone to F off if straight after a race they shoved a laptop in my face and demanded a response that i am well aware will be scrutinised.

          • GVA

            By the sounds of it you are a nice person too if you are going to tell someone to F off when asked a question you don’t like but hey I’ve never heard of you and you are not a world champion and pro athlete who millions of kids look up to and who gets sponsorship to represent brands…so I guess I can excuse you! I know a lot of guys in the peloton and he is despised for been dangerous and never taking a pull in the groupetto! You can make excuses for him but he is genuinely not a nice person and the replay shows he took one long look back and then a short look before pretty much looking away and moving into Park and guess who was right on Park’s wheel and coincidentally Gaviria was about to take a lap. There is no way he didn’t see Park, the rest no one will ever know for sure but the probabilities are there for everyone to see!

          • GVA

            If you are inclined to use F bomb on journalists I’m not sure what kind of a person you are but then again you are not an ex world champion who gets millions in sponsorship and face of brands and idol of young kids…Cav is and is to held to higher standards. What about the time he did a middle finger after winning a race? I’m sure you would love your children doing that!? Or when he told reporters its okay he loses to kittle because his wife is hot or the fact that he belittles everyone else’s achievements? The truth is most people in the peloton thinks he is a douche and if you watch his interviews you realise he displays signs of significant mental retardation!

            • JJ

              Swearing does not denote someone to being disgusting. Kids swear, if not they will be exposed to swearing in all forms of media. putting the responsibility of this on one man suggests to me that you are a little precious, or a religious zealot. Raising the middle finger at the end of the race for me falls in the same category. In the grand scheme of things, such a small issue, not something worthy of branding someone disgusting. I appreciate what you are saying however, but i just don’t agree that because he swears and is cocky and possibly not well liked by his peers that he is disgusting. We can just have differing opinions

  • Liam Hodgkinson

    I really don’t have that much respect for Cavendish – such an arrogant excuse for a sprinter! Really the BS he pulls with the top bike manufacturers gets me seething – he’s riding the best of the best that human development has come up with, and happily throws a tantrum, throwing the bike away, refusing to ride such a composition of componentry… leaves me truly staggered. If only he was born 50 years earlier, he’d have to live with limited ratios & R&D… Now that’s a thought… Let’s do a TdF for the legals, on 2×11, and another TdF for the dopers, on the old school bikes of the 1930’s – let’s see how that pans out =D

  • David Simons

    Take his medal off him, it’s undeserved. He cut right in to the guy. Kick him out of cycling!

  • roklando

    He did it on purpose, it seems far fetched that someone who’s been riding the track AND been a pro roadie for so long would make a move like that by accident.

    • Andrew

      Exactly in 1956 chopping someones wheel was OK. This is not OK in 2016. If it was any other rider than Cav they would have been DSQ’d.

  • Markku Hänninen

    Either it was intentional or he is the worst rider there is. I doubt it is the latter.

  • sandman69

    Was it a pothole that Cav saw…Maybe a drain grill? We’ve all done it!
    So back to reality. He’s the most bitter/angry brat in cycling. How many times has he squeezed riders to the barriers in tdf then cries when someone cuts him off. Gives nice interviews when he wins and becomes pathetic and rude when he doesn’t.

    Classic short man syndrome.

  • Andrew

    The reality is if you are a journo and ever want a Cav interview you are not going to have a strong opinion piece or ask a challenging question. If you are a fellow rider most advice on Social Media is to not start a conflict with such a influential rider- not great for your next contract. What i believe was a deliberate chop to obtain gold, points to some real ethical concerns. If you are willing to do this what else are you willing to do. It is interesting the almost total domination of British Cycling from varying success in the previous three years. You don’t have to be a bone idle w_____ to be asking questions about British cycling track success. Check out who is asking questions in this article:–2016-track-cyclists-coach-ask-awesome-team-gb-whats-your-secret-20160816-gqtlbh.html

  • J Evans

    Cavendish looks back twice directly at Sanghoon Park, just before swerving into him. Seems almost impossible for Cavendish not to have known what he was doing – at the least, knowing he was swerving into the guy. Also, once he hits him, Cavendish looks completely prepared for the impact and is unaffected by it. Park moves towards Cavendish a little, but I think the hit would have happened even if he hadn’t moved.I can’t see how any neutral can see this as just an unfortunate accident and, at the very least, it seems a certain DQ.

    • Andrew

      This is exactly as I see it. On another shot he does have a good look back to check out the carnage. Deliberate and callous. Even old school trackies would only take out there opponent not other riders as bowling pins. The Commissaires would have known it was deliberate but British Cycling and Sky seem to have there own way in many contentious issues. A legacy of Cookson.

  • ebbe

    “The Chav” has taken out and injured more riders than disc brakes ever have. Rider safety should always come first. The Chav should be banned

  • Sutton Atkins

    1. Our opinions don’t matter, the judges decided fair play. They have many times more experience than you or me.
    2. Rubbin’ is racing.
    3. He owned his mistake.
    4. We can’t tell if it’s intentional or not (I doubt it), because you can’t see the direction of his eyes when looking over his shoulder due to the visor he’s wearing.
    5. The Korean guy is in the wrong position (on a hal wheel) and not looking where ehe is going. Can made a normal track move, that YES would look well out of place on the road… but this is track.

    • J Evans

      1. True. But are they completely unbiased (or are they swayed by UCI politics and/or the fame of the rider?) – reverse the roles and would Park have been DQ’d? I don’t know about that, but I’m certain the reactions here would be different.

      2. This wasn’t racing.

      3. I don’t care what he owned – doesn’t change anything.

      4. We can’t tell, but what we do know – as humans – is that Cavendish has peripheral vision. With his head turned in that direction, there is no way he cannot see Park (yes, he has a name and it’s not ‘The Korean guy’).

      5. Park isn’t looking where he’s going – but Cavendish does (twice) look in the direction in which he then moves.

      The most tiresome thing about the Olympics overall is the blind nationalism.

      British people seem to think it’s great that Britain is winning so many medals. But vast amounts of public money is used to subsidise
      this – whereas a lot of their competitors have to work (i.e. on the road) for a living. (Cavendish is the exception.)

      Money makes for an un-level playing field. As someone suggested elsewhere, maybe a minimum road racing requirement would be a good

      • Sutton Atkins

        You make some good points here.
        1. Good point. (But if the judges are biased that’s not Cav’s fault, that’s the UCI or IOC’s problem I guess.)
        2. I think his swerve is to accelerate to respond to an acceleration that he has seen over his shoulder. That’s how I read it. But it was a bad move, and it was his fault. I just don’t believe it was intentional. (There’s also a small risk HE would have crashed.)
        3. ok.
        4. Good point also. But (for us) there’s still no way to tell if Cav saw him or not. Could’ve been looking at the scoreboard, or mis-judged Park’s speed or line.
        5. See above point.

        Money in sport? Another good point you make. Should we remove all money from sport? Or try to level it? I don’t know. IMHO, the entire concept of a fair playing field is ridiculous, in any sport. If we look at athletics, cycling or all sports in general… In Africa there is no drug testing (or very little), but then again there is no money and few facilities. In UK we have facilities-galor and lots of drug testing. It seems that there are advantages to being in Jamaica, Kenya and Ethiopia, and other advantages to being in UK, Denmark and Australia. Swings and roundabouts, so pick your sport and pick your country.

        • J Evans

          I’d do everything possible (sticking with cycling – the state of track and field is their [huge] problem) to level that playing field. That is possible in terms of financing and should be in terms of doping.

      • ebbe


        Summary: There was only one person in this race in the very best position to see Park coming and avoid the crash. There was also one person in this race who stood to benefit the very most from the crash happening, and taking out Viviani who was just behind Park. There was also one person in this race who has history in pulling crazy stunts, with danger to his own position, to get from 2nd to 1st. All three these persons are Mark Cavendish.

        • Saeba R.

          “There was only one person in this race in the very best position to see Park coming and avoid the crash… these persons are Mark Cavendish.”

          Hey Einstein, Park was behind him. Last time I checked eyes are on front of peoples heads not behind. FFS

          • cindy

            He turned around and lookEd before he made the sharp turn. Did you watch the video?

            • Saeba R.

              There is a video?

              BTW welcome to the site cindy. How long have you been a racing cyclist?

          • ebbe

            Yes. And that’s why Cavendish looked over his left shoulder, twice: To see Park coming there on his left. After Cavendish saw Park on his left twice, he then made an unexpected and unnecessary very sharp turn down (so to the left, where he had already seen Park twice), by which he torpedoed Parks front wheel.

            The video clearly shows so:

            Also, It’s quite silly to still go with the “he didn’t see him” after that argument has already been thoroughly debunked by many, and Cavendish himself admitted to being in the wrong, don’t you think?

            • Saeba R.

              FFS you wrote that Cav had the best vantage. Yet of course he had the worst vantage – as it happened behind him. Pretty damn simple to understand.

              Further you imply that it was deliberate action.

              But Cav said: ‘“It was my fault,” He said. “I should’ve looked where I was going a bit more”. ‘

              So Cav admitted to not looking thoroughly.

              So please retract your comment saying in “silly”.

              • ebbe

                I never said Cavendish had “the best vantage”, you made that up. I said “There was only one person in this race in the very best position to see Park coming and avoid the crash”. This is still true: Cavendish saw Park twice and could have easily avoided the crash if he had just held his line.

                But now that you mention it: Cavendish had perfect vantage, since he was looking over his left shoulder, right in the face of Park. Twice.

                Cavendish admitted he should have looked where he was going. He said nothing about not seeing Park BEFORE he made the turn. The video evidence clearly shows he looked Park straight in the face BEFORE he made that unnecessary sharp turn.

                • Saeba R.

                  FFS position and vantage have the same meaning.

                  So in previous post you were pointing me to what Cav said, and in this post your calling him a liar.

                  Go back to watching video footage frame by frame from your armchair. Trust me, it is entirely different to actually being on a velodrome, absolutely exhausted and trying to glance backwards in real time amidst the commotion of the place and all the noise. Have some perspective.

                  Bye bye.

              • ebbe

                You’re purposefully ignoring my “…and avoid the crash”. That’s a bit childish. It is still a fact that there was only one person who saw Park coming AND who could have avoided the crash. It is also a fact that that person is Cavendish.

                Cavendish admitted to not looking where he was going when he suddenly turned down. He never admitted to not having seen Park before he made that sharp turn down. If he would have admitted to that he’d be lying, because the video clearly shows him looking straight in the face of Park, twice. You cannot deny the evidence.

                Also, I suggest you stop swearing. There is no place for swearing or name-calling on a public discussion forum.

    • Anto, NZ

      Finally someone with a track racing respective! Cav dropped in but Sanghoon Park (the Korean guy as he now seems to be called) shouldn’t have been there.

    • James_Casper

      Well put.

      Doesn’t stop Cav being a Twat.

      Looking forward to him suing Thijs Zonneveld.

      What a knob.

  • J Evans

    We don’t know what Cavendish’s intentions were, but we know he has form. On the road, he habitually veers across the road in sprints. Just one example: this year’s TdF where he veered in front of Kittel. Cavendish was going to win the sprint anyway – Kittel was so far behind he was only slightly impeded. The point is that this is Cavendish’s deliberate tactic – he does it all the time.

    The difference between this and Viviani’s move on Boudat was that Cavendish looked before he moved – and knocked the guy over, rather than just causing him to change his direction.

  • rumsranger

    CT – we have a whole piece on one crash yet no article on a hugely entertaining team pursuit competition – how so? Granted, the outcome wasn’t one welcomed by many at HQ I’m sure, but surely still worthy of in-depth analysis?

  • Sean

    Get me out of this article that’s flooded by comments from hubbards. Go to the otha web sight and read about pelo-bunches guys.

  • Dude pedalling

    Why have you turned to Rasmussen as your go-to authority? This also happened a few posts ago. CT typically operates on a higher plane than this.

  • James_Casper

    Off topic – though it does relate to Cavendish winning silver ,…

    Here’s a good laugh.

    “The wold is miffed at how strong British Track Cycling is”

    Nine even connects some rather irrelevant dots to have Anna Meares suggest the whole squad is using PEDs. ?

  • Saeba R.

    Since many of you obviously did not get to the end of the article:
    However Viviani — who also went down in the crash — didn’t lay all the blame on Cavendish.

    “It’s not his fault,” Viviani said. “The Korean guy was halfway on his wheel to the right, normally you stay on the wheel. Cav was in the front and changed direction, so it’s all normal. It’s a normal crash on the track. For sure it was a bad moment in the race.”

    Likewise, O’Shea, another victim of the crash, chalked it up to “a bit of bad luck.

    • Morten Reippuert Knudsen

      Viviani won – no need for him to protest, 2ndly i doubt that the sponsor who pays his daily salery would approve him filing a potest or suggesting faul play.

      For lessor successfull riders critisicing Cavendish wouldn’t exactly benefit their carieers either.

      The Columbians have filed a protest post race which is still undecided. Gravia would gain from a DQ, 2ndly he is successfull and high profiled himself where it matters (Pro tour) and his sponsor doesnt owe Cavendish anything either. He is the only one in the OL omnium who dosen’t stand to loose anything post Olympics.

      • ebbe


      • Saeba R.

        Your argument is basically that Viviani lied.


  • Tobi

    Having watched the video (and a few others) several times now it’s impossible for me to believe he didn’t see Park. In fact, he looks back twice. Turning his head to face forwards again he sees Park about to overtake him, he looks a second time, second 2 in the video above, and immideately makes his dive. With the benefit of the doubt I believe Cav tried to stay in front of Park and misjudged Park’s speed or exact position which makes the incident a case of blatant negligence in my eyes.
    That aside, his post-race reaction is just completely detestable.

  • Mark Blackwell

    Worth pointing out that a LOTof kids who race bikes will have seen this race… Worries me when people make comments like “rubbin’s racing”

  • Berne Shaw

    First as Abe Lincoln stated, you must know and love something up close to the bone, before you earn the right to constructively criticize it. i have ridden as a pro and spent some time on the track. It this were an outdoor concrete track with less slide built into it, this would be not careful enough racing. But on this immaculate wooden slick track riders move about and it is fair play. Viviani got it absolutely right. Just something that happens at great speed and in the blink of an eye. Very few here who comment understand this does not happen in slow motion where accidents LOOK DELIBERATE. Try racing on a track bike at speed on a banking some time when exhausted. Then comment after you make your own mistake.

    • Saeba R.


  • bigdo

    threatening to sue journos for asking questions post-ride…lol…typical asshole Cav…

  • Saeba R.

    I watched it in super slow-mo and if you go frame-by-frame the evidence is crystal clear: Park did a Kamikaze

    • Saeba R.

      Slow-mo, the only way to appreciate the speed of real racing.

  • cindy

    He looked behind before he made a pass. When you change lane, you gotta see if you have enough space to do it. Why do ppl blame on the Korean guy?
    He turned back and looked before making a sharp turn, it seems it was an intentional act to cause accident to take the Italian guy out.

    • JJ

      It’s actually the person in the rear’s responsibility to watch their front wheel, as no one else will. If you put your wheel in a position to get chopped, your fault. This is not necessarily true for road racing, but that’s the first thing you get taught on the track

      • J Evans

        Just Park was in the wrong position doesn’t mean Cavendish has to chop him.
        None of this changes the facts that
        a) Cavendish looked round twice and has peripheral vision
        b) Cavendish seemed ready for the impact and his bike barely moved
        c) Cavendish didn’t react to the impact – no look, nothing.
        No absolute proof that it was deliberate (of course) and no proof that Cavendish saw Park, but it looks dodgy and Cavendish has form.

  • Dave

    That’s proper LA territory, threatening to sue journalists.

  • SK

    Cheat and liar. Cavendish has great talent but he despises others. Was a fan until he pushed Gerrans, obviously deliberately, and then noticed he did this whenever it suited. His bike handling has always been exceptional.


    In reviewing the video, I am led to believe that this was a hostility act. I was an avid bike rider myself… and to see Cavendish look back – twice even – right before he make a quick (underscore “quick”) course adjustment tells me he saw (at the very minimum using his peripheral view) who was adjacent to him. When you ride this much, especially professionally… you are trained to be very sensitive to what is around you. You master the sensory skills (sight, sound, feel, smells even, etc of the environment) to know what is going on around you.
    So then Cavendish veers to the left sharply… the rider flanking Cavendish runs into him… Cavendish doesn’t even look back. Under normal circumstances, a rider never takes sharp moves because it takes excess energy. Normal mode of operation is to gently turn… gently adjust. Cavendish then goes back to his original position, not making a jerky movement.
    Now, I do realize that Cavendish dropped below the blue line because of the curve… but to not realize that he hit somebody… sorry, I can attest he know exactly what he was doing. This will come back to him.

  • Kiboko

    He looked over his shoulder, not once but TWICE, then swooped down on the Korean and took him out. I thought at the time that it was deliberate and now I’ve discovered he has previous, I’m even more convinced. The commentators said at least five times that it was an accident, but with less conviction every time. A video clip of him before the race said that he left the Tour de France to compete in Rio and he wanted a medal. This was not the way to do it though. Then to lie and say he ‘didn’t look properly’, was shameful. If the incident with the Dutch journalist is true, that makes it even worse. By his logic, you’re not allowed an interest in it if your country was unaffected. On the contrary, it’s about fair play (which we should all be interested in) and besides, the Dutch reporter was unbiased. If he had been from one of the countries affected, no doubt Cavendish would have said he was just asking because he was biased! Not all the UK were celebrating his silver medal because he cheated and he embarrassed us. His actions WERE worst than doping because he could have inflicted career-ending injuries on his competitors, the selfish git. Oh, and just because he squared it with Elia Viviani, doesn’t make it ok. Viviani didn’t care because he won gold anyway, and he probably didn’t see what happened. He assumed it was an accident because only someone like Cavendish would do it deliberately.


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