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Cavendish targets elusive yellow jersey

ESPN staff
January 23, 2014
Mark Cavendish won stage 13 of the Tour de France last year © AP

Mark Cavendish has told the Independent he will build his 2014 season around the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate as he bids to wear the yellow jersey for the first time.

It is the second occasion in Cavendish's career that the Tour kicks off in Britain, having made his debut in the race when it began in London in 2007.

Now Cavendish, of Omega Pharma-QuickStep, insists the flat finish in Harrogate on July 5 provides him with an opportunity too good to pass up.

"I want to win wherever I race, the team's invested a lot in me. But if there's one race that I can win in 2014, then that would be it," Cavendish told the Independent.

"[It's] going to be what my whole season is built around. If I had to choose one stage of the 21 in the Tour, that's got to be it."

Cavendish has worn the leader's jerseys at the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, as well as the rainbow jersey of world champion. He has also won the points classifications in each of the three Grand Tours.

However the yellow jersey remains the one garment to elude him.

"It's my mum's home town, it's designed for a sprint, I haven't yet worn the maillot jaune and I want to do it," he said. "If I'm going well that day, I'll go well in the whole Tour."

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