Sir Bradley Wiggins: Cavendish should go to the Olympics

Sir Bradley Wiggins says Mark Cavendish is the right choice to compete for Team GB in the omnium this summer's Olympics in Rio.

Cavendish, 30, finished sixth in the six-race omnium at the 2016 Track Cycling World Championships in London earlier this month, outside of the top-three target he was told he needed to be considered for Olympic selection.

However, Sir Bradley, who won gold alongside Cavendish in the Madison at the championships, said the Manxman held himself back during the omnium to give himself a better chance in Rio.

"He always stayed within himself in order to finish fifth or six, rather than giving everything and finishing ninth and losing all chance of doing it," said Sir Bradley.

Cavendish has won 26 Tour stages and the 2011 road race world title but does not have an Olympic medal - and the track presents a better opportunity for the sprinter than the Olympic road race, which appears suited for stronger climbers.

This clip is from 5 live BeSpoke on Wednesday 23 March 2016.

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