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Cavendish is ready to get himself on track for Rio

By Staff Reporter

Mark Cavendish begins a possible bid for Olympic gold in Derby next week.

The 30-year-old has won 26 Tour de France stages and the 2011 World title, but so far Olympic gold has proved elusive.

That could change in Rio next summer if Cavendish commits to the six-discipline omnium which he will ride at the Revolution Series event, which takes place at the Derby Arena from August 14-16.

Cavendish said: "I'm looking forward to getting back on track and trying the omnium.

"The omnium is a tough event with all the different disciplines so Derby will be a good test and we'll see how things progress from there."

Cavendish needs 90 UCI points to qualify to race in the World Cup events with Great Britain this season and could get 80 of those if he wins in Derby.

He may also ride at the 2016 Track World Championships in London next March.

Cavendish will also race in the Madison in Derby, where his partner could be Sir Bradley Wiggins.

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