Great Britain’s cycling team will not attend the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Members of the Great Britain cycling, track and field, and swimming teams will be among 150 athletes who will rest up during the opening ceremony on July 27, according to the London Evening Standard newspaper.

The decision means that road race hope Mark Cavendish and defending Olympic champions Nicole Cooke, Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton will all miss the ceremony.

The opening ceremony is set to last for several hours, finishing at around 11pm. Several British team managers feel that this puts an un-needed strain on athletes right before they compete.

The men’s cycling road race is one of the first events on the London 2012 programme, taking place on July 28 – the day after the opening ceremony. The women’s road race takes place the following day.

Cavendish won the London 2012 road race test event in July, and goes into the event as one of the favourites to take gold.

Track cycling events kick off with qualifying rounds of the team pursuit and team sprint on August 2.

Related links

London 2012 Olympic Games cycling schedule

London 2012 news section

  • Shaun Finnis

    I agree with the comments above by Mark Jones, I thought we were a up and coming cycling country with some dam good pro and amateur riders, not forgetting a big following of leisure riders. It always seems to be the same thing with this country lets support something really good and then restrict the access and strangle what interest there could of been…

  • Mark Jones

    It seems ridiculous that the Olympic Road Race is only days after the Tour de France has finished. The whole road race organisation is a shambles with limited access (understandably) on Box Hill and what could have been a great spectaculor will be a let down and an embarassment for us British fans.