Mark Cavendish's Return To Global Track Competition Goes Off Track

15 Jan 2016 15:11

Mark Cavendish's return to global track competition with Great Britain at the Track World Cup in Hong Kong did not go entirely to plan after a crash on Friday.

The 30-year-old Manxman was riding in the four-kilometres team pursuit with three young team-mates when Kian Emadi, a sprinter who is trying out with the endurance squad, suffered a puncture and crashed in qualifying, hindering British hopes.

It meant Britain and Cavendish, the prolific road sprinter whose main track focus is the six-discipline omnium at this summer's Olympics in Rio, could finish only sixth, missing out on the semi-finals.

Cavendish's individual event begins on Saturday, with Olympic champion Laura Trott riding in the corresponding women's event.

Trott claimed silver in the scratch race on Friday, soon after qualifying fastest in the team pursuit alongside Joanna Rowsell Shand, Elinor Barker and Ciara Horne. The final of the team event takes place on Saturday.

Emily Nelson took Britain's other medal on the first day of the three-day competition, with silver in the points race.

Britain will ride for gold in the men's and women's team sprint events.

Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton will face Poland in the men's event and Jess Varnish and Katy Marchant will meet Russia in the women's.