Olympic24: Cav quits Tour as Team GB's final Rio lineup is confirmed
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Olympic24: Cav quits Tour as Team GB's final Rio lineup is confirmed

20 July 2016 / 06:55

Mark Cavendish calls time on his Tour de France to focus on Rio, Steve Cummings replaces Pete Kennaugh in the Rio road race team, Team GB announce their sevens squads for Rio, Lawrence Okolie wants to emulate Anthony Joshua and Team GB is finalised. Here’s our roundup of the last 24 hours in Olympic sport:

  • Mark Cavendish calls time on his 2016 Tour de France as attentions switch to a medal in Rio
  • The first ever rugby sevens Olympic squads are announced in Trafalgar Square
  • Steve Cummings replaces Pete Kennaugh on the Team GB road race roster for Rio
  • Lani Belcher and Angela Hannah are added to the Rio canoeing team
  • The 366-strong Team GB line up for Rio is confirmed
  • Heavyweight boxer Lawrence Okolie wants to emulate Anthony Joshua in Rio
  • Great Britain Cycling Team will race alongside ten World Tour teams at the Tour of Britain

Cav calls time on Tour campaign

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Quadruple stage winner Mark Cavendish withdrew from the Tour de France on the final rest day as he turns his attentions to winning a medal for Team GB in Rio.

The Dimension Data rider, who has won four stages of this year’s race to take his career total to 30, has never won an Olympic medal but will compete in the omnium in next month's Games as he looks to add another title to his palmares.

The 31-year-old is also a part of the team pursuit squad and said that further racing in France would have a detrimental effect on his form in Rio.

"To leave a race and organisation that I hold so much respect for and a team that I have such a special bond with, has not been an easy decision at all," he said.

"I want to say thank you to them, along with all the fans for their support and encouragement, today and over the past 16 stages.”

Team GB’s announces first ever rugby sevens squads

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The 24 men and women who will represent Great Britain in rugby at the Olympic Games for the first time in 108 years have been announced by Team GB.

Emily Scarratt will captain the women's side with Tom Mitchell skippering the men as the rugby sevens game makes its Olympic debut at Rio 2016, following on from its rugby XVs appearance previously.

The men have been drawn against Kenya, Japan and New Zealand in their pool, while the women face Brazil, Japan and Canada.

Each tournament will last three days with the 12 teams being whittled down to the four who will fight it out in the medal matches.

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Cummings in as Kennaugh bows out

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In-form Steve Cummings has replaced Pete Kennaugh on Team GB’s road race roster for Rio 2016 after the Manxman withdrew due to concerns over his form.

Kennaugh broke his collarbone in a crash at the Tour of California two months ago and said he felt a duty to withdraw, knowing he could not give his all for his country.

Cummings, a veteran of the peloton at 35-years-old, is enjoying an Indian summer to his career and has won stages at four major races this season, including the Tour de France.

"I've shown over the 2016 season to date that I am in great shape and I look forward to going to Rio to represent my country and hopefully we as a team come back with a medal from the road race," said the breakaway specialist.

Kennaugh, who won gold on the track as part of the team pursuit squad, returned to racing at last week’s Tour of Poland but felt he did not have the legs to support Team Sky colleague Froome in Rio. 

"London 2012 was one of the highlights of my career so I am gutted to be missing out on Rio but, knowing that I am not able to give my best, I felt it was my duty to withdraw," said the 27-year-old.

Belcher and Hannah added to canoeing squad

Lani Belcher and Angela Hannah have been added to Team GB’s canoe sprint team for Rio after entries from Belarus and Romania were withdrawn.

The pair will join up with teammates Rachel Cawthorn, Louisa Gurski, Rebeka Simon, Jessica Walker, Jonathan Schofield and Liam Heath in Rio.

"This truly has been the longest road to Rio, one I wouldn't change, but not one I would like to repeat," said Hannah.

The canoe sprint events run from August 15-20 at the Lagoa Stadium.

Full list of Team GB athletes confirmed

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After four years on the Road to Rio, Team GB can finally announce its full lineup of 366 athletes that will head to this summer's Olympic Games. 

It is the largest delegation for 24 years with the athletes set to compete across 23 sports in Brazil. 

Rio 2016 will see Team GB include more female athletes than ever before at an away Games with 164 women (44.8%) and 202 men (55.2%).

Team GB also includes its most experienced athlete ever at the Olympic Games with Nick Skelton set for his seventh appearance.

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Okolie keen to emulate Joshua success

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Boxer Lawrence Okolie may have qualified for the Rio Olympics after just 23 amateur fights, but the Londoner insists he will only be happy if he emulates Anthony Joshua and wins gold.

Okolie missed the majority of London 2012 as he was working in McDonalds, but he was inspired when he saw Joshua become champion four years ago – and is in awe at what the world champion has since achieved.

The 23-year-old only started boxing in 2010 and now his eyes are firmly fixed on success despite his inexperience, insisting he is not there to make up the numbers.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself because I want the gold medal. If I don't win then my life will still continue but I am focused,” he said.

"Training is going well. There are still a few weeks where we need to refine a few things.

"There are some things I am working on that can hopefully give me an edge. I am inexperienced but I feel I soak up information quicker than someone who is more experienced.”

Great Britain team to feature in Tour of Britain

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A Great Britain Cycling Team will feature in September’s Tour of Britain, alongside ten WorldTour teams.

The stage race will run from September 4-11, starting in Edinburgh and finishing in London.

This year’s race will be the first time ten teams from the top tier of world cycling will feature at the event, which was won last year by Dimension Data rider Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Dimension Data, the team of Mark Cavendish, will return for this year, as will Team Sky, Movistar, Giant Alpecin, Orica BikeExchange and BMC Racing, to name just a few.

Team Wiggins will also be riding, as will fellow British outfit ONE Pro Cycling, with domestic outfits JLT Condor, Madison Genesis, NFTO, Pedal Heaven and Team Raleigh GAC vying for the final three spots.

“This is a world-class line-up of teams entirely befitting of the Tour of Britain’s continuing growth in stature and importance on the global cycling calendar,” said race director Mick Bennett.

“Half of the teams selected are currently racing in the Tour de France, giving British fans a taste of the high-level of competition which they can look forward to watching this September.”

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