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Rio Olympics 2016: Mark Cavendish wins silver medal in men's omnium

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Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish achieved his ambition of winning an Olympic medal by taking silver in the omnium.

The Manxman has won four world titles on the road and track but missed out on a medal in his previous two Games.

Silver in Rio vindicates his decision to pull out of the Tour de France with five stages remaining in order to concentrate on preparing the Olympics.

Italy’s Elia Viviani won the title, with defending champion Lasse Hansen of Denmark in the bronze medal position.

Viviani won with a total of 207 points, with Cavendish on 194, two clear of Hansen.

Cavendish, 31, told BBC Sport: “I’m happy. Elia was the best guy there. If you take the points I lost in the elimination I would’ve been right with him.

“I have got my Olympic medal. It is really nice but gold would have finished the collection. I don’t think I’ll be going for Tokyo but you never know.”

The medal continues a terrific year on the road and track for Cavendish.

He won the non-Olympic Madison title at this year’s track World Championships with Sir Bradley Wiggins before switching to the road and wearing the race leader’s yellow jersey for the first time after winning stage one of the Tour de France.

Cavendish won three more stages in the world’s most prestigious stage-race to take his tally to 30 – second on the all-time list behind Belgian great Eddy Merckx.

More to follow.

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