Italy’s Viviani takes gold in men’s omnium cycling, Cavendish 2nd
After taking bronze in the men’s omnium at last year’s UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Italy’s Elia Viviani took gold in the event Monday afternoon.
Viviani finished with a total of 207 points for the competition, with Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish taking second on 194 points, recovering from a crash during the race to take gold. Cavendish, who left the Tour de France early to focus on his preparations for Rio, beat out Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen for silver by just two points. A winner of 30 Tour de France stages in his storied cycling career, Cavendish now has his first Olympic medal.
Hansen took gold in this event in London four years ago, and his medal makes it three consecutive Olympics in which Denmark has won a medal in cycling. In 2008 Denmark took silver in the men’s team pursuit event.
American Bobby Lea finished 17th, and he was one of three competitors who did not finish the points race.
WATCH: Men’s Omnium medal ceremony