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Cavendish wants yellow jersey in Corsica

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Cycling News
Published:
June 17, 2013, 09:17,
Updated:
June 18, 2013, 11:15
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, June 17, 2013
Race:
Tour de France
Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) finished third on the day

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) finished third on the day

  • Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) finished third on the day
  • Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma QuickStep)

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Manxman takes aim at Tour de France

Mark Cavendish may be among the chief contenders for the green jersey at the Tour de France but yellow will be the only colour on the Omega Pharma-QuickStep man’s mind when he lines up for the opening stage on June 29.

The Manxman has never worn the maillot jaune during his career but with the peloton facing a flat road stage from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia on the opening day of the race, he has the best opportunity of his career to date to hold the overall lead at the Tour.

“I’d like to wear the yellow jersey after the first stage in Corsica. It’s the only one of the three grand tours where I haven’t worn the leader’s jersey, so I’d like to do that,” Cavendish told Sporza.

Cavendish’s rivals at the Tour will include Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) and André Greipel (Lotto Belisol), who each got the better of him in bunch sprints at the Ster ZLM Toer last week. The Dutch race was Cavendish’s first since completing the Giro d’Italia three weeks ago, however, and he will be confident of adding to his running tally of 23 Tour stages next month in France.

“I don’t fear anybody. It’s irrelevant who’s there. There are some strong guys but if you’re looking at the other guys, you’re not looking at the goal, which is crossing the finish line first,” Cavendish said.

Cavendish has won twelve races in 2013 after making the switch from Sky to Omega Pharma-QuickStep during the off-season and he paid tribute to the efforts of his new teammates, who helped pilot him to five stage wins and the points competition at the Giro.

“For me the atmosphere in the team is everything. I’m really an emotional guy and my performance does count a lot on how I’m feeling,” Cavendish said."I’m super happy at Omega Pharma-QuickStep. I think I’ve won the most races out of any rider and they’ve been big races. We had an incredibly successful Giro d’Italia, we had an incredible group there and we’re just pushing on to the Tour de France now.”

Omega Pharma-QuickStep directeur sportif Tom Steels pledged that the team was ready to match Cavendish's ambitions at the Tour. “He will be 300 percent motivated and the team is ready,” Steels said. “Everybody would go through fire for Mark.”
 

 

FFrenchcyclisme More than 1 year ago
What a great battle of sprinters it 's going to be on this first stage! It's not totally flat but easy and flat enough for a beautiful sprint in Bastia.
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
True indeed, and hopefully the stage will live up to the expectations, weather permitting. Can't wait for the Tour, it'll be exciting on all forefronts.
Papparrazzi More than 1 year ago
"300 percent motivated" :-)
mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
on an emotional roller-coaster, he can go from +300% to -300% if he loses that first sprint... ;~P
Bob Paterson More than 1 year ago
Oh Tom!!!
wigvelo More than 1 year ago
Cav has huge self belif, so why not?
lakat47 More than 1 year ago
And for good reason. I don't mind if someone is super confident if he can back it up in wins and he certainly has done that! I hear other sprinters but they can't back it up. It would be sad to be a good sprinter during Cav's time, wouldn't it?
Ken Bellone More than 1 year ago
If it ends in a bunch sprint, I can't see anyone but Cav winning. when he sniffs victory at the end of a big race, he almost always delivers.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
You're right. And I'd guess he downplayed his desire for yellow (an attempt at diplomacy:-) Woe be to the one who gets in his way as his passion for yellow is hot as the sun.
venetodan More than 1 year ago
Did Cavendish just say that he did the Vuelta!? Really?
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
Points jersey and 3 stages (2010). Wore the leader's jersey for the first two stages.
nightfend More than 1 year ago
The problem is, it is the TOUR. There will be massive crashes on that first stage. Assuming he stays up, he has a great chance, though.
chainstay9 More than 1 year ago
His team will keep him near the front and out of trouble, something that Sky didn't do very often.
lakat47 More than 1 year ago
Exactly so, so many broken promises. It really tarnished that team for me.
Greg Khan More than 1 year ago
“I don’t fear anybody. It’s irrelevant who’s there. There are some strong guys but if you’re looking at the other guys, you’re not looking at the goal, which is crossing the finish line first,” Said like a true champion !
Torrrr More than 1 year ago
Cav in yellow in Bastia? Don't think I'll watch after if it comes to that cos it surely can't get any better.
Broth3r More than 1 year ago
Dammit, Cav! Do you even know what the Yellow means? How many riders dream of wearing it and how many fight for it with their every last drop of sweat? And yet you ignore all that and happily say you want to wear it by following a train. It's simply dishonorable. Do you want to wear the Yellow? Attack! Climb! TT well! Show yourself worthy of it! I will never understand what pure sprinters (read: those without a single other skill) are doing in road cycling. And please, bring the prologue back.
benreynoldsnz More than 1 year ago
Aaand here's another person whos knows nothing about cycling...
Broth3r More than 1 year ago
I've watched cycling for 15 years now. I just don't often talk about my thoughts on sprinters because of comments like these.
philjthommo More than 1 year ago
Broth3r your totally right 'pure sprinters' never have to ride uphill, never have to worry about finishing within time cutouts, they avoid every crash and down right lazy riders. I am sure i have missed plenty of things the 'real' riders do that pure sprinters get to skip.
Broth3r More than 1 year ago
Of course they make an effort. But as though as it may be for them, it's an effort to merely survive, not to compete. I'm obviously not asking Cav to go and attack uphill. He's just not built for it, and I understand that. But the truth is, he's really not built for anything but sprinting. Well, I maintain he could do well in the cobbles, but I doubt he'll ever bother. He's content on being a one-trick pony, and that's what annoys me. I grew up watching Jalabert winning in the high mountains. I grew up watching Freire keep up and even attacking the best on the hills. I grew up watching Hushovd and his endless guts going out into the wilderness for points in mountain stages (and a sidenote here, points should be the same across all stage). I grew up watching Boonen putting his chest to the wind on the cobbles and fighting for the Monuments race over 60Kms, not 400 meters. And now, there's Sagan. So sorry, I can't look at Cav or any other pure sprinter and not think they don't belong on the track.
Broth3r More than 1 year ago
err, just Monuments, ignore the "race". Should have proofread that.
woodie More than 1 year ago
Are you serious???? Sprinters have to get uphill just like everyone else, something which they don't do well and so is harder for them, they always ride to finish inside a timecut, talk to some of the sprinters about what they go through to make sure they finish inside it, the risks they take. Avoid every crash? Do you even watch cycling? They are involved in some of the worst high speed crashes ever. You think they are lazy? If it's so easy why doesn't everyone do it? The beauty of cycling is the number of different riders and races that go on inside the race.
Broth3r More than 1 year ago
I never claimed lazyness. Report to my previous reply.
professed More than 1 year ago
To be absolutely, completely motivated you would be 100% motivated. So what is 300% motivated? More sports ultra speak?