Mark Cavendish's ambitions of Olympic gold appear to be over after he missed out on selection for the final UCI Track World Cup event of the season later this month.
British Cycling will take Ollie Wood and Ethan Hayter to compete in the men's endurance events in Milton, Canada for Round Six of the World Cup, from January 24-26.
Cavendish had been hoping to earn selection to keep alive his goal of competing in the Madison at the Tokyo Olympics in the summer.
The Madison, in which Cavendish is a three-time world champion, is returning to the Olympic programme for the first time since 2008.
The 34-year-old, having spoken to British Cycling coaches about what was needed, funded his own race programme and successfully reached the target of 250 qualifying points at a race in Switzerland last month.
Cavendish still needed to race at a counting event - either a World Cup or the world championships in Berlin next month - to be eligible, but his efforts so far have not been enough to persuade British Cycling.
The door is not closed completely - he could yet be granted special dispensation to race - but his non-selection for Canada appears a strong indicator that he is not under consideration.
Cavendish went to the Rio Olympics as the fifth man in 2016 and took silver in the omnium - his first career Olympic medal.
Australian Associated Press