Men’s Team Pursuit
The men’s team pursuit will be the highlight of the track cycling events for Rio as Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Owain Doull and Steven Burke attempt to grab yet another gold for Great Britain. Wiggins has thrown his entire focus into the event, which could become yet another highlight in his already glittering career. The team broke the existing world record during a recent training camp and are in great form, with odds of 4/5 at Paddy Power for them to do the business.
However, it’s worth keeping an eye out on the Australian team; with the likes of Jack Bobridge at the helm, it’s entirely possible that the Aussies could pull an upset and clinch gold. They snatched a track gold from Great Britain in this year’s UCI Track Cycling World Championships, and will be hungry for another victory. You’ll get 13/8 from Boylesports on the lads from down under winning on the day.
Women’s Team Pursuit
Expect a showdown between Great Britain and the USA when it comes time for the women’s team pursuit; Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell-Shand, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald will surely remember having to settle for bronze at this year’s Worlds and will put up a hard fight against the Yanks. However, they’ll have to contend with a strong American team that includes Sarah Hammer and Kelly Catlin. The Brits are priced at 5/2 with Paddy Power to win gold, while the Americans are 5/6 with Betfred.
The bookies don’t seem to think that Mark Cavendish is a shoe-in for this event, instead setting Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria as the favourite at 9/4 with Betfred. Cavendish, who will be seeking to add his first-ever Olympic medal to a long list of palmares, is priced at 4/1 with Bet365. Gaviria has back-to-back omnium wins under his belt from the 2015 and 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, and will pose a formidable threat to Cavendish over six different events in two days. Expect a tight race with a lot of drama; make sure you have the popcorn ready in case of a Cav meltdown.
There’s no waffling here - Britain’s Laura Trott is the reigning queen of the omnium, and the odds show it; the best you’ll get on her snagging gold is 10/11 at Ladbrokes. Having won the women’s omnium in this year’s World Championships, Trott is in fine fettle for Rio and will surely seek to grab another Olympic omnium gold, on top of her victory in the team pursuit at London 2012. Her only threat might come in the form of US cyclist Sarah Hammer, who took silver in London 2012. Hammer is priced at 4/1 with William Hill.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Mark Cavendish to win the men’s omnium - 4/1 at Bet365
*Please note that odds may fluctuate.
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