NEWTON’S Ed Clancy was already looking ahead to a host of possibilities at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 after completing his London 2012 campaign with a bronze medal in the omnium.
Clancy won team pursuit gold on Friday and claimed a bonus prize in the six-discipline omnium event before looking ahead to Rio and the potential inclusion of Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and world road race champion Mark Cavendish in the squad for the four-man, four-kilometre event.
The 27-year-old, who hails from Yorkshire but spends a lagre portion os his year living and training in Newton due to its proximity to Manchester’s velodrome, twice an Olympic team pursuit champion, said: “The first Cav said to me was talking about the team pursuit for Rio. Brad’s been talking about it as well so that’s quite exciting. The lads are mulling it over.”
Wiggins won team pursuit gold alongside Clancy in Beijing, while Cavendish has twice entered the Games as world champion - in the Madison in 2008 and on the road in 2012 - but left empty-handed.
The Manxman was the only member of the track team in China to return without a medal.
Cavendish, 23 times a Tour stage winner, has been at the London Velodrome working for television and suggested a return to the track was possible after being inspired by the success of Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke on Friday.
Clancy, who was part of the British Cycling academy set-up at the same time as Cavendish, said: “Cav’s won everything, he’s had such a fantastic career, but he knows the one thing he’s missing is that Olympic gold.
“I spent a lot of time with Cav, lived with him for a year in Germany, two years on the academy.
“He hangs out in different circles these days, he’s a superstar, but if he came back to the team pursuit that would make my day. That would be awesome.”