In a revealing interview with the Daily Telegraph Shane Sutton stated that both Mark Cavendish and Ben Swift are interested in the omnium for the Rio Olympics. If they are truly serious, that certainly will increase competition for the multi-discipline event.
Ed Clancy, of course, won bronze in London an Jon Dibben has been used at recent World Cups, but neither would be a big medal favourite in 2016. Clancy’s chances are probably hampered by the new format that makes the points race the final and deciding event. We’ll have more on GB’s potential Omnium pick a little later.
Sutton also said that Peter Kennaugh would be coming back for the team pursuit. That’s obviously a big boon for the squad which has struggled a little since the Olympics. Cyclostats finds it a little surprising that the Manx man would step away from the road again. We’ve always seen him as a Grand Tour contender and at 27 in 2016, you’d expect him to be approaching his peak.
With Wiggins also committing to the track, it seems that Sutton will have a close to full armory with which to launch his Rio assault and attempt to move from under the shadow of Dave Brailsford. Only Geraint Thomas is likely to be missing from what you might consider a “dream team” and while he’s quite a loss, what’s left should be a handful for the competition at the Olympics.