Cavendish hungry for Tour glory

Mark Cavendish

Cavendish moved into joint sixth on the all-time winners list with his 20th win

Mark Cavendish is hungry for more success after making history by becoming the first British winner of the green jersey at the Tour de France.

The 26-year-old sprinter picked up the 20th stage win of his Tour career in Paris on Sunday.

Cavendish is joint sixth on the all-time list of stage winners – 14 behind Eddy Merckx – and has won at least four stages in each of the last four years.

He said: “I’ll just keep trying to win as many as possible.”

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Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins could be within sight in the next four years if Cavendish continues his current rate of success.

He refused to comment on his future with the HTC Highroad team after victory on Sunday and insists he is not concentrating on matching Merckx’s haul.

“There’s not a number I’d like to win,” he added.

“Catching him [Merckx] is not an objective.

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It’s a huge record he has chalked up already. Going forward he should be able to match Eddy Merckx’s record

Sean Kelly

“I’d like to come back and consistently win at the Tour de France.”

Cavendish told BBC Sport’s Matt Slater in Paris that it was the highlight of his career but will quickly turn his attention to the World Championships in September.

He said: “It’s everything for a sprinter this is the highlight for most bike riders, the significance of the Champs-Elysees is massive.

“We go straight on now so not too much of a celebration for me tonight as I’ve got to start preparing for Copenhagen [World Championships].”

Irish rider Sean Kelly, who won the green jersey four times in the 1980s, believes the Manxman is capable of overhauling five-time Tour winner Merckx before he retires.

He said: “It’s incredible in such a short number of starts in the Tour de France to have 20 stage wins.

“It’s a huge record he has chalked up already. Going forward he should be able to match Merckx’s record.

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“He has time on his side, he’s still very young and if he’s in a team doing what HTC have done this year, there’s no reason he can’t win three or four stages every year.”

Cavendish has been linked with a move to Team Sky but was full of praise for his team-mates after his latest victory.

Lead-out men Matt Goss and Mark Renshaw peeled off at the front with 160m to go to leave Cavendish to accelerate to the line ahead of Team Sky’s Edvald Boasson Hagen.

“It’s an incredible group of guys,” he said. “They got me through this Tour and won me the green jersey, so it was worth the hard work.”

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