Mark Cavendish happy with Olympic omnium silver after crash drama
Hypervenom nike shoes soccer apparel mark Cavendish secured the Olympic medal which has proven so elusive with silver in the men’s omnium but admitted he was culpable for a crash which threatened to extend his wait for a podium place.
After eight years of trying and at the third time of asking, Cavendish finished behind Italy’s Elia Viviani, while defending champion Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark took bronze.
A mid race crash appeared to be of Cavendish’s own making, but there was no protest as South Korea’s Park Sanghoon was taken out of the Rio Velodrome on a stretcher.
Cavendish collected his silver with 194 points, as Viviani won with 207 points and hypervenom nike shoes Hansen settled for third with 192. World champion Fernando Gaviria of Colombia was fourth on 181 points.
The hypervenom nike shoes Great Britain rider appeared to have several confrontations with the media in the mixed zone as he was questioned about the incident, with some reporting he threatened to sue them for suggesting he did it deliberately. Cavendish did admit responsibility.
“It was my fault, Cavendish said,I should’ve looked where I was going a bit more. I hope he’s all right.
“I apologised to Elia, who went down,
Cavendish had a 16 point deficit entering the concluding points race. Twenty points were available for gaining a lap, but Cavendish was heavily marked and Viviani’s advantage was too much to bridge.
Instead Cavendish had to fend off attacks from riders vying to depose him from the podium, steadily accumulating points in the sprints which came every 10 laps to take silver.
“I’m always going to be a marked man. And I decided halfway I couldn’t get a lap; no one was going to let me get a lap.
“So I had to get the sprints. I felt incredible. I could see people dying and I felt better and better.
“But I knew at the halfway point it was going to be difficult to get a lap and I’d just have to pick off sprints one by one.
“Ultimately I couldn’t have done any more. I have to be happy.
“Elia was better across the six disciplines. He deserved to win that Olympic soccer apparel gold.
“It’s always disappointing not to win, but I did all I could, so yes, I’m happy,
Cavendish’s silver ended a long wait for an Olympic medal and came a month after leaving the Tour de France early with four stage wins, taking his career tally to 30, which is second only to Eddy Merckx.
“I made every day count, Cavendish said.
He was ninth in the Madison with Sir Bradley Wiggins at the 2008 Games in Beijing, suffering the ignominy of being the only member of the track team not to win a medal.
He was 29th in the road race soccer apparel on the opening day of London 2012, as Britain felt the peloton conspired against the sprinter.
Cavendish might have had his medal sooner, and a gold one, but claimed Wiggins had frozen him out of the team pursuit.
Wiggins said Cavendish “didn’t deliver” at the Newport holding camp.
“Whatever I say now would get click baited, the 31 year old said.
“It’s great the lads won. They’ve been together working hard and ultimately they got the world record and gold medal. I’m super happy,
Cavendish felt he could have ridden one of the three team pursuit rounds, earning a medal. And he had a wry smile when asked if he made his point with his performance in the individual pursuit, the second omnium discipline.
He clocked four minutes 16.878 seconds, within two seconds of Wiggins’ Olympic record from Beijing 2008, which Hansen went on to surpass.
The third discipline, on Sunday evening, was the elimination race and an opportunity appeared to open itself up for Cavendish when Hansen was eliminated soccer apparel.