Cavendish to lead Quick-Step at Giro

Mark Cavendish will go head-to-head with ex-employer Team Sky after being named as Quick-Step leader in the Giro d’Italia, which starts on Saturday.

The sprinter, winner of the 2011 Tour de France green jersey,

joined the Belgian team

after a frustrating one-year spell with Britain’s Team Sky.

“We start with a very good team built around Mark Cavendish,” said Quick-Step sport director Davide Bramati.

“The presence of a pure sprinter will change our approach to the race.”

Belgian quartet Iljo Keisse, Serge Pauwels, Gert Steegmans and Julien Vermote as well as Italian trio Gianluca Brambilla, Matteo Trentin, Jerome Pineau and Poland’s Michal Golas make up the rest of the team for the 21-stage race which runs from 4-26 May.

“In any stage where we have a possibility we have to try to do our best to go for the win,” added Bramati.

“The competition is fierce, but we can count on a good group. We believe in our team and we will be there to try to fight and win.”

Team Sky named their nine-man line-up for the first Grand Tour of the season last Wednesday with Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins named as team leader.

Italians Dario Cataldo and Salvatore Puccio, Colombians Sergio Henao and Rigoberto Uran, Germany’s Christian Knees, American Danny Pate, Belarusian Kanstantsin Siutsou and Spaniard Xabier Zandio make up the rest of the team.

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