Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

August 11, 2016

In Thursday’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cancellara smashes Rio time trial to take second Olympic gold medal; Experience pays off in gold as Kristin Armstrong wins rainy Olympic time trial; Trentin takes Tour de l’Ain opener; Hosking wins Route de France sprint; WorldTour teams vote to skip the TTT world championships; Human rights group urges UCI to reject Bahrain-Merida team; Giant-Alpecin signs young talent; Possible tensions between Cavendish and Wiggins on eve of track start; Italian anti-doping authorities test under 13 youths; Yorkshire a possible host for European championships; Dan Craven uses Twitter to decide on Olympic TT start; From bobsled track to velodrome; Route de France on-board highlights; Calculate your VO2 max; BMX rider Daniel Dhers rides salt ramps

Possible tensions between Cavendish and Wiggins on eve of track start

by CyclingTips

As the road cycling events conclude and attention turns to the velodrome, rumors that a rift between Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins has reopened are beginning to swirl. In a video interview with Sky Sports Cavendish eluded to issues with Wiggins, in particular that he was not even considered to be part of the team pursuit squad.

Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins after winning gold in the men's Madison at last week's Track World Championships.

Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins after winning gold in the men’s Madison at last week’s Track World Championships.

But especially Brad has been super stressed,” said Cavendish. “I think he wants to be the hero and all that and do it all himself.”

Cavendish either wanted to place himself into consideration for the team pursuit squad, or he was led to believe he had a shot at it.

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.”

Olympic gold has been elusive for Cavendish, and being part of the team pursuit squad, even if it is only in qualifying, could be a more certain path than the tough omnium competition.

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