photo #5 July 29 cycling UK 126x190 Early Setback for Powerful British Cycling Team  By GREG BISHOP July 28, 2012  Britain’s Mark Cavendish was seen as a favorite in the Olympic men’s road race, but he faded to 28th. Alexandr Vinokurov of Kazakhstan won the gold.

photo #5 July 29 cycling UK 126x190 Early Setback for Powerful British Cycling Team By GREG BISHOP July 28, 2012 Britain’s Mark Cavendish was seen as a favorite in the Olympic men’s road race, but he faded to 28th. Alexandr Vinokurov of Kazakhstan won the gold.

Head coach Tony Hand adamant Britain will learn from Kazakhstan defeat | Team GB.  Hand’s troops were bidding to reach the Winter Games for the first time since St Moritz 1948 in Riga after winning the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament in Japan back in November.  However, as the lowest ranked side in a four-team group with hosts Latvia, France and Kazakhstan and only the winner reaching Sochi 2014, Hand knew the size of the task he asked the team to do.

Head coach Tony Hand adamant Britain will learn from Kazakhstan defeat | Team GB. Hand’s troops were bidding to reach the Winter Games for the first time since St Moritz 1948 in Riga after winning the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament in Japan back in November. However, as the lowest ranked side in a four-team group with hosts Latvia, France and Kazakhstan and only the winner reaching Sochi 2014, Hand knew the size of the task he asked the team to do.

Kaz Winter Olympic team

Kaz Winter Olympic team

Sochi Opening Ceremony: Best and worst dressed - Gallery presented by United Airlines

Sochi Opening Ceremony: Best and worst dressed - Gallery presented by United Airlines

Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan winning the men's road race

Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan winning the men's road race

Albertville, 1992 Unified Team flag bearer Valery Medvedtsev leading the delegation consisting of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, and Armenia during athlete procession at Theatre des Ceremonies.

Albertville, 1992 Unified Team flag bearer Valery Medvedtsev leading the delegation consisting of Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan, and Armenia during athlete procession at Theatre des Ceremonies.

Members of Kazakhstan's speedskating team practice at the Adler Arena ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Is...

Members of Kazakhstan's speedskating team practice at the Adler Arena ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 7, 2014. REUTERS/Is...

DAY 13:  Simeon Hamilton of the USA and Nikolay Chebotko of Kazakhstan compete during the Cross Country Men's Team Sprint Classic http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics

DAY 13: Simeon Hamilton of the USA and Nikolay Chebotko of Kazakhstan compete during the Cross Country Men's Team Sprint Classic http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics

Team Bahamas pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 400m Relay #london2012

Team Bahamas pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Men's 4 x 400m Relay #london2012

The Kazakh Olympic team is hoping to boost its chances of sporting success at London 2012 with horsemeat sausages

The Kazakh Olympic team is hoping to boost its chances of sporting success at London 2012 with horsemeat sausages

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