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Olympic Silver-Medallist Mark Cavendish Talks Terrible Food and Broken Lifts in Rio in Hilarious Interview

"Even if you didn't know them from Team GB you're best off saying congratulations because we won so many medals.”

Olympic silver-medallist Mark Cavendish has been praised on social media for a hilariously candid interview on C4 television show Sunday Brunch.

The Manchester-based road cyclist spoke out about “terrible” food, faulty lifts and even admitted congratulated most Team GB athletes he came across, since with Team GB finishing a sensational second in the medal table overall, the “chances are they’ve won something”.

He said: “In Team GB’s apartment there’s these lifts that didn’t work. You had to wait ten minutes for them, and they come and there’s half the British team in them because they’ve all been waiting ten minutes. It came to the end of the week and even if you don’t know them you’re best off saying congratulations because we won so many medals. Chances are they’ve won something.”

Mark also spoke out on a comical situation at the velodrome in Rio de Janeiro where the athletes couldn’t get in the vehicle entrance because they had bikes, but also couldn’t get in the regular entrance… because they had bikes.

“It took us about a week to finally make friends with the security guard, that we could get into the velodrome” he said.

Cavendish has been known to speak his mind and had some great interviews during the Games as well, hilariously crashing an interview with Sir Chris Hoy to ask the knight for an autograph while Hoy spoke about Cavendish’s efforts in the omnium.

Cavendish took silver in the omnium after a sixth place in the scratch race, second in the individual pursuit, a seventh in the elimination race, sixth in the time trial, third in the flying lap and fourth in the points race – which put him second behind only Italian Elia Viviani overall.

It was the Briton’s first medal, having been denied in the track and on the road in the previous two Games at Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

The result capped off a fine year for Cavendish that also saw him emotionally wear the yellow jersey for the first time on the Tour de France and ride a fine Tour that included numerous stage wins.

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