Cav ready to take on Tour

Green jersey fight secondary to wins

Last Updated: 30/06/11 7:41am

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Cavendish: Wins have been scarce this season but the Brit's form is building

Cavendish: Wins have been scarce this season but the Brit's form is building

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Mark Cavendish insists he is confident in his sprinting form ahead of the Tour de France in July.

The 26-year-old has romped to an unprecedented 15 Tour stage wins in three years with the stage race typically the scene of the HTC-Highroad rider's best form.

For Cavendish to have dominated the sprints at the Tour in recent years without winning the green points jersey has been a source of frustration for the Manxman.

Yet with a revamped points system for 2011 that puts more emphasis on stage wins, the scene could finally be set for the Brit to capture the jersey he craves.

Despite the tantalising prize on offer, Cavendish insists that his approach to the Tour will not change as he looks to add to his impressive repertoire of stage wins.

He said: "I'll be going for it, but in my usual way of just trying to win stages.

"I'll try and win stages, win as many as possible and maybe get the green off that. It's about consistency.

"I'm light, I've had to get light because it's a difficult Tour de France this year.

"I've had the best preparation with the racing and I've had no setbacks - I can be confident going in this year."

Making history

When it comes to stage wins, Cavendish is not thinking in terms of statistics.

"It's irrelevant," he added.

"If I don't win five again, if I don't even win four again like 2008, it doesn't mean I'm losing it.

"It's the Tour de France, you have to be happy with one stage. We'll try for as many as we can. There's seven opportunities, but more realistically five opportunities.

"I've worn the maglia rosa and the leader's jersey in the Vuelta - it would be nice to wear the yellow jersey."

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