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Struggling Cavendish aims to make winning return

By Matt Slater

Mark Cavendish will return to race in the Six Day London this October.

The 32-year-old former World champion has finished second in each of the past two editions, and has announced he will look to go one better at the Lee Valley VeloPark between October 23-28.

Cavendish teamed up with fellow Manxman Peter Kennaugh last year, narrowly missing out on the title in a season otherwise ruined by illness and injury.

He has struggled with injury again this year, confirming last week he would miss the upcoming Commonwealth Games after suffering a second fractured rib in a crash at Milan-Sanremo.

But he intends to keep his promise to return to Six Day London again - with the goal of becoming the first British winner of the event since Tony Gowland partnered with Belgian Patrick Sercu in 1972. The event was not held between 1980 and 2014.

"Any Six Day is hard graft," the 30-time Tour de France stage winner said.

"It's mentally and physically exhausting. The crowd are amazing in London and really keep you going throughout the six days so I wanted to come back again for them.

"I am definitely in it to win it and I will give my all to give the crowd a home win. It won't be easy though, there's always a really strong field in London."

Meanwhile, British Cycling is the latest governing body to publish its gender pay gap, with figures showing the organisation's attempts to tackle its imbalance.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has ordered all large British firms to reveal the average hourly pay of male and female staff by April 4, with public bodies facing an earlier deadline of tomorrow, March 30.

More than 9,000 organisations have been asked to reveal the mean and median average figures, with the latter being the actual middle in any set of data, which is sometimes a more useful number when there are numbers that skew the picture at either end of the range.

For British Cycling, the mean pay gap between men and women was 21.2% last April but that had narrowed to 13% by December. The median figures were 10.1 per cent in April and four per cent in December.

In comparison, the Football Association's mean pay gap between male and female employees was 23.2% and median gap 12.1%, while the Lawn Tennis Association's figures were even worse at 31% and 18%.

British Cycling chair Frank Slevin said: "These results show an encouraging trend but it is essential we continue to improve."

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