ED CLANCY is hoping Mark Cavendish might make a dramatic return to the team pursuit in time to make the Brazil Olympics in 2016.
Huddersfield’s double medalist from London – gold in the team pursuit and bronze in the omnium – believes the Tour de France stage sprint specialist is seriously considering a possible track return.
“It would be great to have Cav back, Bradley Wiggins too, but I might not get in the team!” he said.
“I would love Cav to make a return because I grew up with him at the (British Cycling) Academy and he’s a great character.
“I know people love him, his friends love him and he’s a fun guy who fits into the team pursuit environment superbly.”
Clancy admits he became a little disillusioned after Beijing when every other member of the gold medal-winning quartet moved on in a different direction – Geraint Thomas and Wiggins focusing on the road and Paul Manning moving into coaching.
But he thinks the future could be bright.
“I don’t know where we are going from here,” he said.
“Maybe Peter and Geraint will concentrate on the road but perhaps Bradley and Mark Cavendish might come back to the team pursuit and then we’d have six or seven world-class riders.”
In the hours after his win in Beijing Clancy went on what he candidly describes as a ‘massive bender’, drinking Beijing bars dry as he celebrated his success.
But this time he has toasted his success with sports drink and protein shake.
Dai Greene’s bid for Olympic gold ended in disappointment as he had to settle for an agonising fourth place in the 400m final.
There was also disappointment for Holly Bleasdale in the women’s pole vault final.
She cleared 4.45m ito reach the closing stages, but failed in all her attempts at 4.55m to finish well outside the leading medal group.