Mark Cavendish takes part in the fifth round of the Revolution Track Series in Manchester on Saturday
- Photos by Andy Jones

Mark Cavendish returned to the track for his first competitive outing since September as he took part in round five of the 2015/16 Revolution Track Series at Manchester velodrome on Saturday.

Cavendish was part of a Great Britain quartet that contested the team pursuit against a line-up fielded by Team Wiggins. Cavendish underwent shoulder surgery in September to rectify an injury sustained at the Tour of Britain.

In the event, the Team Wiggins foursome of Andy Tennant, Steven Burke, Jon Dibben and Owain Doull beat Cavendish, Ollie Wood, Matt Gibson and Chris Latham by just one second over the two-kilometre race.

Cavendish will continue to work on the boards ahead of his appearance at the UCI Track World Cup in Hong Kong over January 16-17. The Manxman is aiming for selection to ride for GB in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August, taking part in the multi-discipline omnium event.

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Double Olympic champion Laura Trott, and Team Sky pair Elia Viviani and Peter Kennaugh were also taking part in round five among the star-studded line-up of riders in Manchester.

The day’s racing was not without incident, with Trott taking a fall, a spectacular crash taking place in the Future Stars race and big-thighed German sprinter Robert Förstemann taking a tumble in the longest lap as he failed to hold his track stand.

Mark Cavendish, Revolution round 5 January 2016

Mark Cavendish warming up

Mark Cavendish, Revolution round 5 January 2016

Mark Cavendish rides ahead of Peter Kennaugh

Mark Cavendish, Revolution round 5 January 2016

Mark Cavendish took part in several events as he hones his form ahead of a mid-January appearance at the Track World Cup

Mark Cavendish, Revolution round 5 January 2016

Mark Cavendish looking relaxed and in good shape

Laura Trott, Revolution round 5 January 2016

Laura Trott displaying evidence of a crash

Robert Förstemann tumbles, Revolution round 5 January 2016

Robert Förstemann tumbles as he takes part in the longest lap race

Future Stars crash, Revolution round 5 January 2016

Future Stars crash, Revolution round 5 January 2016

Future Stars crash

Elia Viviani, Revolution round 5 January 2016

Elia Viviani was riding alongside Peter Kennaugh for Team Sky

Lewis & Förstemann, Revolution round 5 January 2016

Lewis & Förstemann in the sprint

Kirsten Wild, Revolution round 5 January 2016

Kirsten Wild

Ringing the bell, Revolution round 5 January 2016

Ringing the bell