Mark Cavendish has been confirmed as part of the 26 strong Great Britain cycling team going to the Rio Olympic Games in August.

Cavendish will be returning to the track after taking part in the Madison event alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins in Beijing 2008. However, he will be competing solo in the omnium event in Brazil.

In an interview he said that he is “Super excited. Over the moon. I said a couple of years ago that I wanted to go and track was the only way.”

He went on to say that he has been training hard over the last year and that he is happy that the selectors have picked him. He said that the team is gelling well together and that he has their support and as a result he believes that they can come back with some gold medals.

Wiggins is also part of the track squad and he will race in the team pursuit alongside Ed Clancy and Steven Burke who were part of the gold medal winning team in London four years ago.

Joining them will be two other London 2012 gold medallists, individual sprint winner Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes, who joined Kenny to win the team sprint alongside Sir Chris Hoy.

The Olympic champions Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell Shand will be on the women’s track team which also includes world champions Becky James, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker.

The road teams look to be equally impressive with the dual Tour de France winner Chris Froome leading the team that includes Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh, Ian Stannard, and Adam Yates.

Lizzie Armistead, the women’s road race world champions will also be trying to better the silver she won at London 2012 with support from Nikki Harris and Emma Pooley.