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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 May 2007, 18:34 GMT 19:34 UK
Cavendish outlines Tour ambition
By Mark Barden

Cavendish has made a dream start with T-Mobile
I would definitely be up for the Tour of Britain again

Mark Cavendish
Britain's Mark Cavendish believes he is on course to one day challenge for sprint glory in the Tour de France.

The Isle of Man rider has made a flying start to his road racing career with the T-Mobile team after winning both world and Commonwealth track golds.

Cavendish, 21, told BBC Sport: "Olympic success on the track (in 2008) would be great, but my future is in road racing.

"I'll do the Tour de France when I'm ready and hopefully come out the other end of it wearing the green jersey."

Cavendish, who will rejoin the GB track team for the 2008 Olympics, also revealed that he has set his sights on road racing gold at the 2012 Games.

"If things go well on the track in Beijing next year and I'm successful on the road, I'd be looking at the road race in London," he said.

Cavendish has already made his mark with T-Mobile, winning the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen one-day race in Belgium, and sprinting to two stage wins in last week's Four Days of Dunkirk race.

"I think I've completely surprised the team in terms of how well things have gone so far," he said.

I don't think I'm ready for (the Tour de France) yet but I hope to be doing it within the next couple of years

Mark Cavendish
"I was always confident about how good I am. It's just a case of getting the opportunities that I never got as an amateur and making sure I take them.

"If it hadn't tried to come back too quickly from a really bad stomach bug at the start of the season, I might have done even better, but you live and learn."

Cavendish, who took madison gold at the 2005 Track Worlds and won the scratch race at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, impressed for T-Mobile as a triallist in last year's Tour of Britain, winning the overall points jersey.

He is now on a two-year contract with the team who are expected to mount a strong challenge in this year's Tour de France, which starts on 7 July.

However, Cavendish is not expecting to be among the T-Mobile riders lining up for the prologue in Hyde Park.

"I don't think I'm ready for it yet," he said: "The Tour is completely different to any other event, but I hope to be doing it within the next couple of years.

"I would definitely be up for the Tour of Britain again (in September), but I don't know anything about my schedule for the second half of the season yet.

"That's the thing about being a first-year rider - they're seeing how far they can push me, and then we'll see where we can take things in the second year."

Cavendish next rides in the ProTour event in Spain (21-27 May) where he will up against more of cycling's big names.

"I'll be out to win another stage if I can, but as long as the team wins, I'll be happy," he added.

SEE ALSO
Cavendish sprints to points win
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Cycling sets gold standard
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Cavendish secures T-Mobile deal
03 Sep 06 |  Cycling
Island's first gold for 20 years
19 Mar 06 |  Isle of Man


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