Cavendish targets yellow jersey

Mark Cavendish is hoping to add the colour yellow to his collection of race jerseys when the

Tour de France starts in Corsica

on Saturday.


national road race champion

is looking for the 24th Tour stage win of his career – and the race leader’s yellow jersey that will go with it.

“It’s a big, big goal and a huge motivation for a team built around stage wins,” said sprinter Cavendish.

“To get a win won’t be easy, especially in the first stage of the Tour.”

Mark Cavendish zips up the British champion's jersey he won in the National Road Race in Glasgow on Saturday

Mark Cavendish zips up the British champion’s jersey he won in the National Road Race in Glasgow

Manxman Cavendish, 28, won his first British road race title in Glasgow on Saturday and gets the opportunity to claim the Tour’s yellow jersey because the first stage is a sprint finish for the first time in almost 50 years.

He said: “History has showed it normally takes me a few days to get into a Grand Tour. Not at the Giro this year (when he won the opening stage), but before that.

“We’ll go for it, but you have to show the Tour de France respect – nothing’s a given. We’ll try our best and see what happens.”

The Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider will compete in the white British champion’s jersey with red and blue bands that he won in Glasgow.

But the colour he really wants is the points classification’s green jersey he won two years ago.

“To wear a jersey for a year, to represent my country as the champion, that’s a massive honour,” he said

“Hopefully I’ll do it proud and show that Great Britain is a dominant force in cycling.”

But he added: “[Green] is the colour I chase. The green jersey in the Tour de France every year is what my whole career goes around.”

The 2011 world champion hopes to win the final stage in Paris on July 21 for the fifth time while fellow Briton

Chris Froome is favourite to win

the overall title in the three-week race.

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