In every race, there’s always a risk of a crash especially when the stakes are high and racing at close contention. It was no less at the men’s Olympic Games omnium when Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) inadvertently took out the front wheel of Sanghoon Park and send the Korean crashing.
Elia Viviani (Italy) and Glenn O’Shea were both unable to avoid Park and also fell heavily onto the boards. As a result, the race was momentarily neutralised with Park escorted from the track via a stretcher as his race came to an end.
Viviani recovered to finish fifth and claim the gold medal ahead of Cavendish while O’Shea was 14th in the sixth and final event of the omnium and ended up in seventh overall.
“It was my fault. I should’ve looked where I was going a bit more. I hope he’s all right. I apologised to Elia, who went down,” Cavendish said of the accident.
“It’s not his fault. The Korean guy was halfway on his wheel to the right, normally you stay on the wheel. Cav was in the front and changed direction so it’s all normal. It’s a normal crash on the track. For sure it was a bad moment in the race,” Viviani said.
Click on the image to watch the video of the crash.
Source: Cycling News