Mark Cavendish begins Olympic journey with return to track cycling in Derby 

Mark Cavendish begins Olympic journey with return to track cycling in DerbyÂÂ

  • Mark Cavendish is a 26-time Tour de France stage winnerÂÂ
  • The Manx rider is taking part in the six-discipline omnium at the Revolution Series in the midlandsÂÂ
  • The 30-year-old will head into the three disciplines on Sunday on 92 points

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00:36, 16 August 2015

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Mark Cavendish made his long-awaited return to track cycling in Derby on Saturday as he began a journey which may result in a first Olympic gold in Rio next summer.

The Manx rider, a 26-time Tour de France stage winner, is taking part in the six-discipline omnium at the Revolution Series event in the midlands this weekend with one eye on competing in that format in Brazil in 2016.

He shared his pre-race nerves on Twitter with a post which read: 'First time competing in an omnium event for about 15 years today in Derby @RevolutionUK. Just a little bit nervous.'

Mark Cavendish (left) lines up for the Men's Omnium elimination race during day two of the Revolution Series

Mark Cavendish (left) lines up for the Men's Omnium elimination race during day two of the Revolution Series

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Cavendish enjoyed a less than stellar start to the first of the half-a-dozen disciplines too, finishing 11th in the 60-lap scratch race, well behind the likes of Ed Clancy, who took the omnium bronze at London 2012.

However, Cavendish had clawed his way back into contention by the end of the first day at the Derby Arena, climbing up to third behind Clancy and Mark Stewart by making gains in the individual pursuit and elimination race.

The 30-year-old will head into the three disciplines on Sunday on 92 points, behind Stewart on 94 and halfway leader Clancy on 108, with the time trial, flying lap and points race to come.

Tour de France specialist Cavendish made his long-awaited return to track cycling in Derby on Saturday

Tour de France specialist Cavendish made his long-awaited return to track cycling in Derby on Saturday

Cavendish, who is also racing in the Madison on Sunday, requires 90 UCI points to qualify to race in the World Cup events with Great Britain this season and a win in Derby would give him 80 of those.

Cavendish has said in the past he remains interested in a return to track racing if it fits his schedule, but he plans to make his road career the priority. Cavendish has an uncertain future on the road with his Etixx-QuickStep contract up at the end of the season.

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