After a glittering career that has seen the devastating 'Manx Missile' accumulate four world championship titles, Commonwealth Games gold and sensationally move just four wins away from Eddy Merckx's all-time record of individual stage wins at the prestigious Tour de France, there is still one particularly special reward that still evades the great Mark Cavendish: Olympic success. A bitter madison experience alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins eight years ago in Beijing saw the angry 31-year-old suffer the ignominy of becoming the only member of Great Britain's cycling team not to medal and also led to him declaring that there was "nothing for me on the track now". Sticking to the road on the opening day of London 2012, Cavendish looked primed to take glory before a late breakaway saw him cross the line in a disappointing 29th place.
Olympic organisers will bring typical Brazilian informality to the medal ceremonies at Rio2016 with three different kinds of podium music depending on whether the sports are considered classical, pop or cool, officials said. Winners in sports such as fencing and equestrian will hear a more traditional sound, while funkier tunes will play for those triumphing in newer and younger sports such as BMX biking and beach volleyball, said Christy Nicolay, executive producer of sport presentations. A more pop sound would be played for sports such as basketball, Nicolay added.