Cycling omnium preview – Can Team USA’s Sarah Hammer take gold?

Cycling omnium preview - Can Team USA's Sarah Hammer take gold?

Sarah Hammer

Men’s odds:
Fernando Gaviria (COL) – 21/10
Mark Cavendish (GBR) – 18/5
Elia Viviani (ITA) – 4/1
Glenn O’Shea (AUS) – 5/1
Thomas Boudat (FRA) – 8/1
Roger Kluge (GER) – 12/1
Lasse Norman Hansen (DEN) – 12/1
Gael Suter (SUI) – 25/1
Tim Veldt (NED) – 28/1
Jasper De Buyst (BEL – 28/1
Artyom Zakharov (KAZ) – 80/1
Chun Wing Leung (HKG) – 100/1
Sang-Hoon Park (KOR) – 100/1
Ignacio Prado (MEX) – 150/1
Gideoni Monteiro (BRA) – 250/1
Odds as of Aug. 9 courtesy betting website

Two-time world champion Fernando Gaviria of Columbia is the odds on favorite to win omnium.  Italy’s Elia Viviani was asked of his rivals in Rio and he may have put it best. “I’d put Gaviria ahead of everybody.” Viviani is looking to get on the podium himself as will Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish  Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark won the gold in London and will be looking to defend his medal. Aussie Glenn O’Shea won the 2014 UCI Track World Championships and should not be overlooked.

Women’s odds:
Laura Trott (GBR) – 4/5
Sarah Hammer (USA) – 39/10
Annette Edmondson (AUS) – 6/1
Laurie Berthon (FRA) – 9/1
Kirsten Wild (NED) – 13/1
Jolien D’Hoore (BEL) – 16/1
Allison Beveridge (CAN) – 20/1
Malgorzata Wojtyra (POL) – 28/1
Lauren Ellis (NZL) – 33/1
Tatsiana Sharakova (BLR) – 50/1
Xiao Ling Luo (CHN) – 100/1
Amalie Dideriksen (DEN) – 80/1
Marlies Meija Garcia (CUB) – 100/1
Anna Knauer (GER) – 125/1
Mei YU Hsiao (TPE) – 150/1
Xiao Juan Diao (HKG) – 150/1
Sakura Tsukagoshi (JPN) – 150/1
Angie Gonzalez (VEN) – 150/1

Odds as of Aug. 9 courtesy betting website

Great Britain’s Laura Trott won the gold medal in 2012 and is the reigning world champion. She is at nearly even odds to win, but her long-time rival American Sarah Hammer, who got silver behind Trott in London, is looking for gold. Australian Annette Edmondson took home the omnium bronze in 2012, but finished an underwhelming fifth in the world championships. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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