2016 Olympic Track Cycling Preview

Updated Friday 12th August 2016, 12:23 PM

Event Dates: 11th to 15th August 2016

Olympic track cycling has enjoyed a huge surge in popularity in recent years as thrilling wins from Great Britain and Australia have pushed the sport into the spotlight. A plethora of events will be held at the velodrome in Rio de Janeiro, with stars like Mark Cavendish, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Jason Kenny and Laura Trott all seeking glory. The markets are quite close, but track cycling betting can be just as exciting as watching the action itself. Team sprints, keirins and pursuits are all on the agenda, among other races, but some events are attracting more attention than others; here’s a look at the action.

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.

Men’s Omnium

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.

Women’s Omnium

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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Last Updated: Friday, 12 August 2016 12:23:07+00:00
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