Mark Cavendish has said that he is only interested in winning gold at the Rio Olympic Games ahead of the omnium on Sunday and Money.

Cavendish left the Tour de France early in order to begin preparing for the Games and he is determined to win after failing to claim a medal at the 2008 and 2012 Games in Beijing and London.

He was the only British track athlete that failed to win a medal in China when he finished ninth in the Madison after being paired with Bradley Wiggins. In London despite the road race team being set up to support him he could only finish 29th.

Cavendish has a number of impressive wins to his name including at the European, World and Commonwealth Championships, it is just victory at the Olympics that evades him.

Now he has said that he is determined to win gold and has been intensely preparing to win at the Olympics. However, he was fairly philosophical saying, “If it happens, it happens; if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. But gold is definitely the aim.”

In addition to winning 30 stages at the Tour de France Cavendish has won gold in the Madison at the 2005 and 2008 World Championships and he won his third world title in the event with Wiggins earlier this year.

Speaking this week he said, “As a British athlete, it’s a big thing. I’m proud to be British and I’m proud to represent the flag I was born under. Every time I put on my jersey to represent my country it’s a big thing for me and the Olympics is the biggest thing you can do. I want to go represent my country at the highest level and win ultimately”.