Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

July 27, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Matteo Trentin wins Wallonie stage 4; Kump gets first win of season on stage 9 of Tour of Qinghai Lake; IOC: ‘No presumption of innocence for Russian athletes’; Herstory: Female Olympic winners past to present – Part 2; Tinkoff team budget analysis; Wiggins picks Froome to win Rio time trial; Dumoulin back on the bike, hopeful for Rio; Froome to race Vuelta after Olympics; Cavendish on Rio: ‘This is about making every single pedal rev count’; Final Tour de France prize money list; Nairo Quintana time lapse video; Mini-team Sky celebrates

Cavendish on Rio: ‘This is about making every single pedal rev count’

by CyclingTips

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) says he is ready for the Olympics, coming off his best Tour de France with four stage wins and a day in yellow. He told assembled media at the British Cycling Olympic preparation camp in Wales about his preparations.

Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux- France - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - Mark Cavendish (GBR-Dimension Data) pictured during stage 14 of the 2016 Tour de France from Montelimar to Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux, 208.00 km - photo Dion Kerckhoffs/Tim van Wichelen/Cor Vos © 2016

“On a mental point of view I’m on a bit of a high from the Tour. Not away in the clouds high and it’s not like I’m going on a piss up for a week after the Tour de France but I know that the work I’ve put in is working. I know the work I’ve put in has been beneficial. What we’ve set out to do this year is played out. It gives you positive feelings for the next goals you have.”

He explained that the timing of his departure from the Tour was entirely up to him and how he felt, not due to outside influences like British Cycling.

“If I’d have been over the limit on the third day I’d have stopped on the third day,” he explained. “If I’m honest, during the Pyrenees I thought I might get to Montpellier. I was dead in the Pyrenees. That week, as I always do on a Grand Tour, I always step up in the second week. I have done my whole career. I just kept going and kept going. The last two days, on the Sunday and Monday I was tired. I knew I was making a detrimental effect.”

“I stayed for the rest day and went for a ride. If I’d gone out and I was floating, I would’ve carried on but I came back and I was tired. I couldn’t push high power. Everyone’s the same. It’s when your body starts going catabolic that’s not beneficial for the track.”

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