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Sutton would love Cavendish to fight for team pursuit selection at Rio Olympics

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Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) finally takes his Tour de France stage

Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) finally takes his Tour de France stage
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The winner of stage 7, Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) on the podium

The winner of stage 7, Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) on the podium
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Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins won the Madison World Championship in 2008

Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins won the Madison World Championship in 2008
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Race winners Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins

Race winners Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins
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Mark Cavendish slingshots Bradley Wiggins into the race

Mark Cavendish slingshots Bradley Wiggins into the race
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Not heading for the door just yet - Coach Shane Sutton watches the GB team have a good day

Not heading for the door just yet - Coach Shane Sutton watches the GB team have a good day
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Wise words from British coach Shane Sutton to defending sprint world champion Victoria Pendleton.

Wise words from British coach Shane Sutton to defending sprint world champion Victoria Pendleton.
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Mark Cavendish’s future may not be set in stone, and if it is it certainly is not public knowledge, but should he decide to aim for the Rio Olympics in 2016, he will find no greater supporter that coach Shane Sutton.

Cavendish has not yet signed a contract with a trade team for 2016, while at the same time his options for competing in Rio are unresolved. The next few days, weeks and months will determine and shape the next phase in his career. In a recent interview with Cyclingnews he stressed the importance that the Tour de France held in his life and his heart but the chance to ride in Rio remains, realistically, his last chance to win an Olympic medal.

Wiggins working to be part of Rio team

As for Wiggins, according to Sutton, he continues to impress in training. The former Tour de France winner has had a transition of a season in some ways but also set a new UCI Hour Record, started his own team, and found his feet once more on the track.

“It’s not a walk in the park for Brad. I know him very well and he’s really applying himself. I’m quite sure that he’s going to be on that plane to Rio. Whether he’s in the starting line-up I don’t know, because that will be down to the coach and the selectors and it will be an evidence-based decision. He’s slotted back in well, he’s great to have around the team and they’ve lifted themselves because they know that they can train with one of the best bike riders of all time.”