Mark Cavendish insists he will go into this year’s Tour de France with different priorities as he looks to help Bradley Wiggins win the gruelling event (Wiggins 23/20 Tour de France Outright with bet365).
The Isle of Man star has become known for his sprinting ability and has already claimed 20 stages of the prestigious race, taking the green jersey as the best sprinter 12 months ago.
But, with the London Olympics on the horizon, the 27-year-old has altered his training regime this year and will go into the world’s toughest road race 4kg lighter than in previous years.
The changes to his body mean that Cavendish will no longer be as effective in the sprints and will probably not win as many stages this year (Cavendish Under 1.5 Stage Wins 2/1 with bet365).
But the controversial star feels that he will be able to feature at the front of the pack for longer during the race with greater endurance.
“I was always famed for how fast I was in the sprint,” he said. “I’m not quite that fast any more but I can get to a lot more finishes than I could in the past.”
Team Sky team-mate Wiggins is a genuine contender to win the overall event this year and Cavendish admits that he will be doing all he can to aid the 32-year-old’s chances of taking the yellow jersey.
“I always had a team dedicated to me but now we’re going with the biggest realistic opportunity to win the yellow jersey,” he added.
“It’s a reality, a British rider is favourite to win the Tour de France. We have to embrace it.”