25th April, 2012
Mark Cavendish is confident Team Sky can make cycling history at the Tour de France by winning a yellow and green jersey double.
Cavendish, who has won 20 Tour stages, became the first British cyclist to win the sprinters’ green jersey in last year’s race, before going on to claim the world road race title in Copenhagen.
While Cavendish looks to retain the maillot vert in July, his new team-mate at Sky Bradley Wiggins is aiming to become the first Briton to win the Tour’s general classification.
The points-GC team double has only been achieved three times since the re-introduction of trade teams to the Tour de France in 1969, although they have all since been tainted by doping admissions.
Team Sky’s Tour preparations step up a notch today when Cavendish and Wiggins ride together for the first time in the 2012 Tour de Romandie.
Cavendish has no doubts that Team Sky can deliver success for both riders in the sport’s biggest race this summer.
“This was the biggest growing team in the world – now it is the biggest team in the world. Who would have thought you’d have a British team with British backers, with two British riders going for two of the biggest prizes in the sport. It’s a pretty big thing, that.