Cav on target for Games
Tour de France winner Wiggins part of team
Last Updated: July 24, 2012 11:04am
Mark Cavendish: Tour de France victories should boost confidence for London
Mark Cavendish has turned his attentions to his quest to win the Olympic Games road race on Saturday's opening day of London 2012 after completing the Tour de France with three stage wins.
The world champion took his Tour tally to 23 with wins on stages two, 18 and Sunday's final stage to the Champs-Elysees, despite Team Sky's priority being Bradley Wiggins' bid to become the first British champion.
Wiggins, wearing the yellow jersey, led out Cavendish to his wins on Friday and in Paris and plans to perform the same role in the 250-kilometre road race in a bid to see his team-mate triumphant on The Mall.
With maximum teams of five riders - Cavendish and Wiggins are set to be joined by Chris Froome, David Millar and Ian Stannard in the British quintet - the race, featuring nine circuits and ascents of Box Hill in Surrey, will be challenging to control.
British Eurosport commentator Sean Kelly predicts rival nations, like Germany, might be willing to collaborate with Britain and gamble on trying to beat Cavendish in the sprint.
Next big target
Kelly said: "Winning three stages is a hugely successful Tour de France for him and then the Olympics will be the next big target.
"Some of the other nations will maybe think their only chance of getting a medal will be to go for a sprint - 'Let's try to see if we can beat Cavendish in a sprint and, if not, at least we'll get a medal'.
"On the contrary if a lot of nations will say we're going to make this aggressive and start attacking from a long way out. That makes it difficult."
Cavendish was seen on domestique duty in the Tour, delivering drinks bottles for his team-mates.
It was a role he is unaccustomed to, yet he was still able to produce his trademark sprint finishes when the opportunity presented itself.
"He answered the questions once again, because a lot of people were saying Cavendish is not going well, he's not looking good, he's not happy there," Kelly added.
"He put a stop to all that talking. When he has to do it he produces results.
"The stage to Brive you could compare to the Olympics, like Box Hill.
"The way he won it so easily, that is going to give him a good confidence boost and going forward for the Olympics it's looking really good."
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