Mark Cavendish has revealed he’s still bitter about his disappointing performance at the Beijing Olympics – and he blames the British cycling team.
He was speaking to the Observer Sport Monthly magazine, published yesterday, while picking up their Best Individual Achievement award for his four Tour de France stage victories.
He said Team GB concentrated on the pursuit events, meaning his partner Bradley Wiggins hadn't trained properly for the Madison.
Despite being hotly tipped to win the Madison with Wiggins, they finished in ninth place and Cav was the only member of the cycling team to come home empty-handed.
In the article, he claims he was ignored during training.
In a strongly worded interview, Cavendish says he still feels massively let down by British Cycling and is still bitter, claiming the team simply didn’t care about the Madison event he was competing in.
He says the greatest mistake of his career was dropping out of the Tour de France to prepare for the Olympic Games after winning four stages.
He says: "I made a commitment to the track team, and they didn’t give anything back."
Cavendish says he’s now turning his back on track events, claiming they’re just a hindrance to his road-racing career.
(Picture: Mark Cavendish crosses the line to claim his third Tour de France stage victory.)