Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 10, 2016

In Wednesday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Fournier wins photo finish in Route de France, stage 3; Vos’ touching gesture for Annemiek van Vleuten; Australian women’s team pursuit squad crashes in training; UCI defends Olympics road race course; Sondre Holst Enger to AG2R La Mondiale; Timmer, Stamsnijder extend with Giant-Alpecin; Nikolas Maes joins Lotto-Soudal; Preview: What you need to know about the men’s time trial at the Rio Olympics; Team Africa Rising helps first Eritrean female cyclist to race professionally in the United States; Study: Pro cyclists better at resisting mental fatigue; Police: Cyclist at fault in deadly collision; Dan Craven ‘live-tweets’ during Olympic road race; Cavendish on Olympics: Third Time Lucky or Fail Again; Actress Leslie Jones on the women’s road race finish

Cavendish on Olympics: Third Time Lucky or Fail Again

by CyclingTips

As the road cycling events take place at the Rio Olympics, Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish impatiently waits for the track events to begin. He sat down with Sky Sports to talk about his third attempt at Olympic gold in the omnium.

Q: You have been juggling the road and the track. How does that transition work coming off the Tour de France and into a block session of track work?

I am actually lucky. There are very few people in the world who are able to do it. Obviously Brad and myself can, but it takes real preparation. You have to make every day count. It is not easy, really. But you just have to do everything…even stuff leading up to the Tour would have an effect on the transition between the Tour and the Olympics.

It has actually been all right. There is a little bit…I did some work with the team pursuit guys after the Tour. That kind of knocked it down a bit so I am trying to pick up the hours right now. But it seams to be all right. The times are good on the track and sensations are good.

Q: You mentioned the team pursuit. You are fifth man out here. Do you think we will get to see you riding?

Probably not, actually. If I am honest, that is the reason why I left the Tour early, because of the team pursuit. For the omnium, finishing the Tour would have been of benefit, but I think the lads have been training together, they want to try to do it… If something happens to them, then I ride. But especially Brad has been super stressed. I think he wants to be the hero and all that and do it all himself.