Tour de France: Mark Cavendish tipped to win two stages in 2014

Last Updated: 23/10/13 4:24pm

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Mark Cavendish: Looking to win on home soil

Mark Cavendish: Looking to win on home soil

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Mark Cavendish has a great chance of winning two Tour de France stages on home soil at next year's race, say Sky Bet.

Mark Cavendish has a great chance of winning two Tour de France stages on home soil at next year's race.

That's the view of Sky Bet, who make the British sprinter 100/30 to win both stage one and stage three during the race's three days in England next summer.

Both stages are expected to favour a sprint finish and Cavendish has time and again proved he's the best in the business when it comes to getting to the line first in such a scenario.

The Manxman is 11/8 to win the first stage from Leeds to Harrogate and the same price to land stage three from Cambridge to London two days later.

The firm has priced up such markets after the full race route was unveiled on Wednesday.

Cavendish can also be backed at 12/1 to win on the road to Sheffield in between but that hilly stage is expected to favour a breakaway.

Two early stage wins would give Cavendish a great platform for a green jersey bid and he is 2/1 to win the points classification in the race for the most consistent daily finisher.

In the ourtight betting, Chris Froome is the odds-on favourite.

The 2013 winner is 4/6 with Sky Bet to claim back-to-back victories in the race.

This year's Giro d'Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali is regarded as Froome's closest rival. He was cut from 6/1 to 9/2 following the route announcement.

Nairo Quintana, the Colombian who impressed with his climbing during this year's race as he finished runner-up, was moved out from 9/2 to 11/2. Former Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is offered at 11/1.

Froome's Team Sky team-mate Sir Bradley Wiggins, who won Le Tour in 2012, is out at 16/1 and far form certain to start.

The route is expected to favour the climbers with time-trialists disappointed.

The 2014 race will see five mountain-top finishes with the action heating up on the 10th stage to La Planche des Belles Filles.

There are two further Alpine summit finishes before two more in three tough days in the Pyrenees.

Only on the penultimate day is there a time trial.

The action begins in Leeds on July 5 with the next two days in England. It concludes in Paris on July 25.

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