Cavendish given full backing for 2012

Tue, 01 Nov 11:30:00 2011

Mark Cavendish will be supported by a full-strength British team in his bid for cycling road race gold at next year's London 2012 Olympics.

Mark Cavendish of Team GB celebrates winning the London-Surrey Cycle Classic road race at The Mall - 0

Cavendish, who won the recent road world title and was victorious in the Olympic test event earlier this year, will be joined by four British team-mates - the maximum possible.

In addition, two members of that squad have been cleared to ride in the men's time trial three days later.

Cavendish was part of an eight-strong team when he won his rainbow jersey in Copenhagen, but there were 210 entrants in that race, compared to the slimmed down 145 allowed at the Olympics.

British Cycling performance director, Dave Brailsford, said: "This is a very satisfying achievement for us and the contribution of all the riders and the support team has been fantastic.

"Our progress over the past 12 months in particular has been good, meaning we have been able to steadily build up Olympic qualification points and achieve the aim of taking a full squad to the Games."

Sportsbeat / Eurosport

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