Clancy to join Cav for Olympic test

Fri, 05 Aug 12:23:00 2011

Multiple Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish heads the British team at the London 2012 road race test event but it is the inclusion of Olympic track champion Ed Clancy that is raising a few eyebrows.

- Clancy joins Cav for test

London 2012 officials have announced a 148-strong provisional start list for the London-Surrey Cycle Classic with Clancy somewhat surprisingly joining Cavendish on the five-strong British team.

Clancy has always harboured ambitions of following Cavendish and fellow Brit Bradley Wiggins onto the roads but it is the team pursuit in the velodrome that has largely taken precedence.

The three-times team pursuit world champion joined forces with Wiggins, now retired Paul Manning and Geraint Thomas to win gold at the Beijing Olympics back in 2008.

Despite winning world omnium gold in 2010, Clancy remains focused on the team pursuit but will tackle the 140km long road race test event, which will start and end on the Mall on August 14.

Meanwhile Cavendish's inclusion on the provisional start list comes in the same week where his current employers HTC Highroad confirmed that they were going to fold at the end of the season.

The 26-year-old Manxman, who won the sprinters' green jersey at the Tour de France, could face fierce rival Tyler Farrar at the test event after the American was too announced on the provisional start list.

Australian Matt Goss, France's Sylvain Chavanel and Team Sky's Italian rider Davide Appollonio have also been named with eight British professional teams on show from the 28 entered.

And Cavendish said: "I saw the route map for the road race course when it was released earlier this year and since then I've been looking forward to testing the Olympic course at the London Surrey Cycle Classic.

"I'm coming into the event off the back of a fantastic Tour de France - the British fans out there were brilliant and their support really helped to spur me on.

"But you can't beat the support of a home crowd and I'm hoping the fans will turn out at the test event to support me and the rest of the team."

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