If you've been enjoying the relay events in the athletics and want something similar in the cycling then the madison is the event for you.
Laura Kenny will be flying the flag for Team GB in the women's madison event as it makes its return to the Olympic programme.
The madison was present at the Olympics between 2000 and 2008 but was removed from the Games in London in 2012 due to the fact that there was no women's race at the time.
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If you've just got your head around how the omnium works then it's time to turn your attention to the madison.

How does the madison track cycling event work?

The madison is essentially a relay race where teams of two take it in turns to do laps of the track with the men's race lasting 50km and the women completing 30km.
The aim is to take more laps than your opponent with 20 points being awarded to those riders who do lap the main field and the same amount deducted for those who lose a lap.
Riders also have to battle for sprint points too with five, three, two and one point(s) being awarded each time the whistle is blown (every 10 laps) to indicate a sprint lap. Double points are awarded on the final lap.
While teams are competing in pairs, only one rider per team can be racing at a time while the other rests.
There is no baton to pass over like you'd see in a running race, instead the two riders have to make contact with one another.
The change is often a hand-sling but pushes are also permitted. Once the change has taken place, the rider who has been replaced must move higher up the track and out of the way of the racing riders.

Good changes are key to success in the madison

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Madison track cycling event schedule

Unlike the other cycling events taking place at the Izu velodrome, there are no heats or qualifiers for the madison - there is just a men and women's final.
This year's event will see 16 teams of two riders take part, meaning there will be 32 riders on the track at the same time.
Friday, August 6,
Women's madison final - 09:15 BST
Saturday, August 7
Men's madison final - 08:55 BST

How to watch madison track cycling at the Tokyo Olympics

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