Mark Cavendish sets his sights on gold


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Great Britain star Mark Cavendish is determined to win gold this week at the Olympic Games in Rio as he prepares to take part in two events.

The 31-year-old has never won an Olympic medal despite competing in two Games so far in his career.

Cavendish failed to win a medal in Beijing in 2008 before then being left disappointed in London four years ago, while the rest of Team GB enjoyed success on the track.

He then focused his attention on the road and he was in fine form earlier this summer at the Tour de France, winning four stages.

However, the Dimension Data star believes he can leave with an Olympic medal this time around. He will compete in the men’s team pursuit on Thursday alongside Bradley Wiggins before then going for glory in the omnium on Sunday.

Despite not winning a medal before, the Isle of Man rider insists he is only going for gold as he tries to add to his collection.

“I’m proud to be British and I’m proud to represent the flag I was born under,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’ve won Europeans, World’s, Commonwealths everything you can do with a British jersey – apart from the Olympics.

“I’m not going in to try and get a bronze medal. I’m going to try and get a gold medal. If it happens it happens, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t – but gold is definitely the aim.”

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