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Mark Cavendish Wins Olympic Silver Despite Causing Controversial Crash in Men’s Omnium Final

...the perfect follow on from wearing yellow in the Tour de France

Mark Cavendish can finally add an Olympic medal to his already impressive CV after claiming silver in the men’s omnium, despite many calling for his disqualification after he floored several other riders seemingly by accident.

The popular Manxman placed in the points race, a 30km event which sees points distributed to sprinters throughout the event to secure the silver medal and add further to a stunning showing by British Cycling in Rio de Janeiro.

Cavendish was at the centre of a controversy in the race though, after bumping into and bringing down several other riders, including race leader and eventual gold-medallist Elia Vivani, leaving some to say that he should’ve been DQ’d.

The more likely explanation is that it was indeed unintentional, with the rider apologising to others after, and having been allowed to continue, Mark rode on to success.

Having finished second in the individual pursuit, seventh in the elimination race, sixth in the time trial and third in the flying lap, Cavendish was in good position going into the points race, the final of the sixth cycling disciplines in the omnium. Mark was second overall, with Frenchman in third place and Italian rider Viviani in first.

Cavendish was unlucky not to have an Olympic medal to his name already coming into the race. Previous efforts on the road were scuppered by rival teams ganging up to deny Cav in the road race and a tired Bradley Wiggins was unable to partner Mark to success in London on the track.

After what has been an outstanding year for Cavendish already, who checked another box on the bucket list when he wore the yellow jersey in the Tour de France last month, an Olympic silver will only add further to the Manxman’s signature grin. Particularly given that many thought the rider, a road specialist, shouldn’t have been picked for the track at all.

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