Cavendish return falls flat but Britain are eyeing gold
Mark Cavendish's return to global track competition with Great Britain at the Track World Cup in Hong Kong did not go entirely to plan after a team-mate crashed yesterday.
The 30-year-old Manxman was riding in the 4km team pursuit when Kian Emadi, a sprinter who is trying out with the endurance squad, suffered a puncture and crashed in qualifying.
Britain and Cavendish, the prolific road sprinter whose main track focus is the six-discipline omnium at this summer's Olympics, came sixth, missing out on the semi-finals.
Cavendish's individual event begins today, with Olympic champion Laura Trott riding in the women's event. Trott claimed silver in the scratch race yesterday. Emily Nelson took Britain's other medal on the first day of the three-day competition, with silver in the points race. Britain will ride for gold in the men's and women's team sprint events.