Search

Mark Cavendish focusing on winning gold at London Olympics

16:16 19 June 2012

Mark Cavendish

Mark Cavendish

MARK Cavendish’s determination to win gold on the opening day of the Olympics means he is ready to sacrifice stage victories at the Tour de France.

The world champion will be perfectly placed for the final sprint along The Mall having adapted his training programme to meet the rigours of the London 2012 road race.

Cavendish, a bunch sprint expert, has 20 Tour de France stages to his name, but the smaller Olympic field requires more than just raw speed to take top spot on the podium.

With Team Sky looking mainly at helping Bradley Wiggins with the Tour de France, his team-mate Cavendish is focusing on the Olympics.

“In cycling the Olympics doesn’t rank highly, it is not a prestigious event, but as a Great Britain athlete to compete for the flag I was born under, is a big thing,” Cavendish said.

“It brings extra motivation. That is why I am changing (my training). I will not be as successful in the Tour de France as I have been in the past.

“I will win stages but I may not win five. My sprint has suffered a little bit but the guys who are sprinters like I was won’t be there in the finish (of the Olympics).

“It is not going to be a bunch sprint. There will be a group of less than 50 riders at the finish and I have to be there with those guys.

“The most important part of what I have been doing is getting to the finish.

“I am so much faster than the others anyway I can afford to lose a few percent in the sprint in order to be able to get to the line.

“It is worth it this one year, especially when the team is concentrating on the GC. It is worth doing that for the Olympics.”

0 comments

Latest Sport Stories

Yesterday, 11:55
Monaco defender Ricardo Carvalho(left) challenges Olivier Giroud during the 2014 Emirates Cup

Arsenal return to action on English soil for the first time since their FA Cup triumph when they host the annual Emirates Cup later this month.

Thu, 20:54
Middlesex's James Franklin

Hapless Middlesex remain rooted to the foot of the table after a seven-wicket thrashing by Sussex Sharks – their sixth straight NatWest T20 Blast defeat.

Thu, 16:20
Islington CC riders (left to right): Martine Groen, Alicia Speake, Dan Massie, Michael Mangion, Elspeth Storrah and David Shannon at the start line of the UCI Tour of Cambridgeshire

During the heady days of London 2012, the British public were gripped by individual achievements from Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and the like.

Thu, 15:11
James Ward in action against Jiri Vesely at Wimbledon

Camden’s James Ward has reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time after overcoming the world No45 Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic in four sets at Wimbledon today.

Most read sport

Competitions

Good times with Greenall's!

Good times with Greenall’s, a Great British gin sponsors Great British racing.

Escape to the picturesque sights of Cornwall

Summer is finally here, and what is the number one holiday location in the UK during the warmer months? Cornwall, of course!

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Islington Gazette e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder