Cycling: Mark Cavendish leaving Rio 2016 Olympic 'door open'

Mark Cavendish
Cavendish has represented Britain on the track and road at previous Olympic Games

Britain's Mark Cavendish says he is "leaving the door open" for Rio 2016.

The 30-year-old has yet to decide whether to focus on track or road race disciplines at next year's Olympics.

The Manx rider, who competed for Britain on the track in the 2008 Games and took part in the road race in 2012, believes he has a "better chance of riding the track than the road race".

"But if I leave the door open to ride the road race, the option's always there. It's like that," he added.

The 26-time Tour de France stage winner joked he would consider any sport, though, if it meant getting to Rio next summer.

"It's the Olympic Games. If I could leave the door open in archery, I'd do that, but I'm not very good at archery," he said.

Great Britain's track cyclists are currently preparing for the Olympic Games by competing at the European Track Championships, while Cavendish is recovering from shoulder surgery following a crash at the the Tour of Britain last month.

"I'm proud to be British and the biggest thing you can do to represent your country is the Olympic Games," he added.

However, Cavendish will have to balance his Rio ambitions with those of his new pro-cycling outfit, Team Dimension Data, for who he is leaving Etixx - Quick-Step in the winter.

Analysis - BBC Sport's Matt Slater
"No, yes, maybe - no, not a call from a batsman in the nervous nineties, but an accurate assessment of Mark Cavendish's recent utterances on returning to the GB track team for next year's Olympics.
Sounds like a recipe for an embarrassing run-out, doesn't it? Which would be a shame when the obvious call is an ear-splitting: 'Yes!'
Cavendish knows what he wants to do and say, but he could not even consider that while employed by Etixx - Quick-Step and he is not officially Team Dimension Data's until January. And even then he will have to carefully balance his road and Rio ambitions.
But make no mistake, Cavendish has pushed one into a gap and he will not stop running until he is wearing a GB skin suit in the Rio velodrome."

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