Mark Cavendish makes long-awaited return to velodrome for Great Britain

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Mark Cavendish will ride on the track for Great Britain in elite competition for the first time since the 2009 Track Cycling World Championships next week.

The 30-year-old Manxman is looking to accrue Olympic qualifying points at the Track World Cup in Hong Kong on January 16 and 17 in his first major event in the velodrome in almost seven years.

Cavendish said: "It will be my first world cup on the track for a lot of years, I think, so I'm looking forward to it.

"I'm used to doing more events at a World Cup, the Madison, the scratch, and now just doing the omnium is a little bit different from what I'm used to, but I'm super looking forward to it."

Cavendish is bidding to qualify for Rio and end his bid for an Olympic medal which has proved elusive at the last two Games.

He is the most experienced member of a youthful men's endurance group, but the women's endurance squad is near full strength and includes Olympic gold medallists Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell Shand.

Katie Archibald misses out with a knee injury and is replaced by Emily Nelson.

The sprint squads are at full strength, led by Jason Kenny and Becky James, with little margin for error in the search for qualifying points in the final event before March's World Championships in London.

British Cycling technical director Shane Sutton said: "Having a rider of Mark Cavendish's stature in the squad is a great boost for everyone.

"What he has achieved throughout his career is phenomenal and the only thing he is missing is an Olympic medal.

"He is really hungry and selection for Hong Kong is the first step along the path to achieving his goal.

"It's the first event of a vital year for the team and the squad we have selected reflects that.

"We still need Olympic qualification points, particularly in the sprint events, while it is also great to see a strong presence from our senior academy in the team once again.

"A lot of eyes will now be looking towards Rio, but we also have the incentive of a home Track World Championships in London in two months' time.

"Selection for that event is just around the corner so it's important that the riders perform well in Hong Kong."

Great Britain team for UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Hong Kong (January 16 to 17):

Women's endurance: Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Ciara Horne, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Emily Nelson.

Men's endurance: Mark Cavendish, Matt Gibson, Chris Latham, Oliver Wood, Germain Burton.

Women's sprint: Becky James, Katy Marchant, Jess Varnish.

Men's sprint: Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny, Callum Skinner, Matt Crampton.

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