Cavendish leaves ‘Olympic door open’

Britain’s Mark Cavendish says he is “leaving the door open” for Rio 2016.

The 30-year-old has yet to decide whether to focus on track or road race disciplines at next year’s Olympics.

The Manx rider, who competed for Britain on the track in the 2008 Games and took part in the road race in 2012, believes he has a “better chance of riding the track than the road race”.

“But if I leave the door open to ride the road race, the option’s always there. It’s like that,” he added.

The 26-time Tour de France stage winner joked he would consider any sport, though, if it meant getting to Rio next summer.

“It’s the Olympic Games. If I could leave the door open in archery, I’d do that, but I’m not very good at archery,” he said.

Great Britain’s track cyclists are currently preparing for the Olympic Games by

competing at the European Track Championships,

while Cavendish is recovering from shoulder surgery following a crash at the the Tour of Britain last month.

“I’m proud to be British and the biggest thing you can do to represent your country is the Olympic Games,” he added.

However, Cavendish will have to balance his Rio ambitions with those of his new pro-cycling outfit, Team Dimension Data, for who he is leaving Etixx – Quick-Step in the winter.

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