Sprint and track rival Elia Viviani doesn’t think Mark Cavendish can be competitive at the Olympics after the Tour de France Elia Viviani, Revolution round 5 January 2016 Team Sky sprinter and endurance track specialist Elia Viviani thinks that Mark Cavendish ’s ambition to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France and win Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro will be too difficult a challenge for the Manxman to pull off.
Last week Cavendish outlined his aim to win the opening stage of the Tour and gold in the omnium in Brazil , but Viviani, who has also set his sights on Olympic omnium gold, thinks the two events will prove “too much” for Cavendish.
“I think the Tour de France is so close to the Olympic Games,” Viviani said at Sky’s training camp in Majorca. “He can do it [compete] because after the Tour you have really good condition, if you recover well, and he will have the endurance for the points race. But he will pay [suffer] in the kilo.
“I think in the Olympics you can’t afford to pay in the kilo. The Olympic [omnium] is always for the win and nobody will be helping anybody. […]