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Cav happy to put Wiggins first at Tour

ESPN staff
June 27, 2012
Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins both ride for Team Sky © Getty Images

Mark Cavendish has dampened expectations over his own chances at the Tour de France - but he is delighted to lend his support to team-mate Bradley Wiggins' hunt for the yellow jersey.

With the Olympic road race coming just six days after the completion of the Tour, Cavendish is willing to sacrifice his hunt for the green jersey if needs be, so that Team Sky can focus their energies on getting Wiggins a general classification triumph.

"I probably won't win as much in terms of stages this year but to be part of a team that goes into the Tour with ambitions of winning overall is an honour for any bike rider," Cavendish, who took the sprinters' title last year, said. "We have got the biggest chance we will ever have with a British team and a British rider - and it's exciting to follow that ambition.

"I joined Sky because they are British and they are the fastest-growing and biggest team in the world. I knew that Bradley would have a good opportunity of doing well at the Tour, and the biggest ambition was to win it overall. Now the aim is to win the yellow jersey and green jersey in the next years.

"My form is good, I've had good wins this year and am excited to start on Saturday. We will see how things go. I haven't got my eyes on the green jersey, to be honest, but obviously there is always a chance. With the new points competition, stage wins are not enough to win the green jersey, you have to go for the intermediate sprints as well, or at least limit your losses."

This year's Tour de France begins on June 30 and ends on July 22.

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