Cavendish misses out on GB Track Worlds squad

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish competiting in 2008

Mark Cavendish (right) competed in the madison at the 2008 Beijing Olympics alongside Bradley Wiggins, with the pair finishing ninth

Mark Cavendish has missed out on a track spot for this summer’s Tokyo Olympics after not being named in Britain’s squad for the World Championships in Germany.

Cavendish, 34, needed to race in a World Cup event or the Track World Championships in Berlin, which run from 26 February to 1 March, to be eligible.

Jason and Laura Kenny are two of seven Olympic medallists in the 20-strong squad, along with Ed Clancy, Phil Hindes, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Katy Marchant.

There will be 20 gold medals on offer across the five days in Berlin.

Cavendish had hoped to race in the madison in Japan as the event – in which he is a three-time world champion – returns to the Olympics for the first time since 2008.

The Manxman, who won omnium silver at Rio 2016, could still compete in Tokyo this summer in the road events.

Cavendish missed last year’s Tour de France after not being selected by Dimension Data but he hopes to return for the 2020 edition, where he would try to add to his tally of 30 stage wins, with new team Bahrain-McLaren.

Men’s squad:

Endurance: Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi, Ethan Hayter, Mark Stewart, Charlie Tanfield, Matt Walls, Ollie Wood.

Sprint: Jack Carlin, Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny, Ryan Owens.

Women’s squad:

Endurance: Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Eleanor Dickinson, Neah Evans, Laura Kenny, Josie Knight.

Sprint: Lauren Bate, Sophie Capewell, Katy Marchant.

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UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships: Netherlands’ Ceylin Alvarado pips compatriot in tight finish

Ceylin Alvarado pips her Dutch compatriot in an incredibly tight finish in the women’s elite race at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Dubendorf, Switzerland.

The UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships continue on Sunday 2 February from 11:55 GMT – watch live on BBC Sport website and iPlayer.

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Storey claims three of five GB golds on third day in Canada

Sarah Storey

Sarah Storey won three world titles in Milton, Canada

Sarah Storey successfully defended her C5 individual pursuit and scratch race titles as Great Britain won five golds on day three of the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Milton, Canada.

Storey won three golds on the day, also taking victory in the omnium ahead of team-mate Crystal Lane-Wright.

Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott also defended their tandem time-trial title.

Neil Fachie and Matt Rotherham won gold in the men’s event, ahead of James Ball and Lewis Stewart in a British one-two.

“It feels amazing – to win three in one day is just a bit of a dream to be honest,” Storey said.

“I’m really pleased with my form and the work I’ve been doing in the chamber and on the road – I’m delighted.”

Also on Saturday, Jon Gildea took bronze in the men’s C5 Pursuit.

Reigning C5 pursuit and scratch champion Storey, a nine-time cycling Paralympic champion, has now won 20 track World Championship medals having also won 500m time trial bronze on Thursday.

Storey narrowly edged out Lane-Wright in the individual pursuit gold medal race, before going on to win the 33rd world title of her career, which spans cycling and swimming.

The scratch race was the final event of the four-race omnium, which Storey led following wins in the pursuit and flying 200m, with Lane-Wright’s late attack in the 40-lap race enough for second.

Thornhill and Scott also successfully defended their title in the 1,000m time trial, narrowly missing their own world record in beating the Netherlands’ Larissa Klaassen and Imke Brommer by more than two seconds.

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Atherton targets March return to racing from injury

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Top speed after injury will be a challenge – Rachel Atherton

Rachel Atherton has targeted a return to fitness before downhill mountain biking’s first World Cup race of 2020 on Sunday, 22 March in Lousa, Portugal.

The five-time world champion has been out since rupturing her Achilles while competing in Les Gets, France, in July.

“It feels like it has been such a long time without riding the bike,” Atherton told BBC Sport Wales.

“I’m really buzzing to get back on the bike and I’m going to be pushing hard for that first World Cup.”

The 32-year-old has been back on the bike riding tentatively on her home trails in Wales since the new year and is now aiming to ramp up her recovery to be fully fit for the season opener next month.

“I’m definitely pushing for it and we’re going to do everything we can to get there and be fast,” added Atherton.

“If I don’t make it, it’s going to be the next race. Either way, I’m going to be stoked to be back on the bike, watching races, seeing what happens this year.”

Atherton, who has won 39 World Cup events, had surgery following the injury and for three months wore a cast, or protective boot, and was on crutches.

“It’s been frustrating waiting for the tendon to heal enough, so finally I can get back in the gym and start putting the weight on it to get the tendon strong,” she said.

“It feels a long time until I can ride big jumps and race tracks, but every little goal you reach – being able to do a squat, being able to put the weight up in the gym – that’s what you’ve got to focus on.”

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Para-cycling Track World Championships: Jaco van Gass wins two of four GB golds

Jaco van Gass

Jaco van Gass won three world titles in Milton, Canada

Jaco van Gass claimed victory in the men’s C3 scratch and omnium events as Great Britain won four golds on the final day of the Para-cycling Track World Championships in Canada.

The 33-year-old rode a lap clear to triumph in the scratch, sealing the overall omnium title in the process.

Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott earned their second gold with victory in the women’s tandem sprint.

James Ball and Lewis Stewart then triumphed in the men’s final.

Ball and pilot Stewart edged out compatriots Neil Fachie and Matt Rotherham in the gold medal race, having narrowly lost to the pair in the tandem time-trial final on Saturday.

After successfully defending their tandem time-trial title on day three, Thornhill and Scott beat Belgium’s Griet Hoet and Anneleen Monsieur in straight sprints to become double world champions.

Elsewhere, Louis Rolfe, Jon-Allan Butterworth and 16-time track world champion Jody Cundy won silver for GB in the mixed team sprint final.

They finished in 48.803 seconds as winners China set a world record of 48.096 to take the gold.

Van Gass ended the championships with four medals – including three world titles – having also won C3 kilo time trial gold and pursuit silver earlier in the championships.

“It’s been so far beyond anything I ever expected,” said Van Gass. “I’m a bit speechless about walking away with three jerseys – from working constantly for one, to have three in one championship is more than a dream.”

Fellow Briton Fin Graham finished seventh in the C3 scratch, won by Van Gass, while William Bjergfelt finished fourth and Jon Gildea seventh in the C5 event.

Great Britain finish the championships with 21 medals – 11 of which were gold – making it the team’s most successful ever worlds.

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