Briton Cavendish has been in superb form this season
Mark Cavendish can follow his Tour de France stage win with Olympic gold, says British Cycling's performance director David Brailsford.
Cavendish, 23, produced a thrilling sprint finish to become the youngest Briton to win a Tour stage.
And Brailsford told BBC 5 Live: "He's absolutely delivered what he wanted to.
"He's showed he is pound-for-pound the fastest sprinter in the world. He will be very tough to beat alongside Bradley Wiggins in the madison in Beijing."
Cavendish and Wiggins are already the reigning world champions in the 'tag' event, where two racers take it in turns to ride high-speed laps with points available for a series of sprints at regular intervals.
Cavendish, 23, who rides for the Columbia team, has made a huge impact since becoming a professional road cyclist last year.
WHAT HIS COLOMBIA TEAM-MATES SAY ABOUT CAV
Bernhard Eisel (Aut): "He is a cannonball"
Adam Hansen (Aus): "He has got a kick like no-one else"
George Hincapie (USA): "He's the best sprinter in the world. If he has a straight run at it there is no-one faster
Wednesday's victory was his 18th during that time, after a record-equalling 11 in his debut season.
It was also the first Tour stage win by a Briton since David Millar's in 2002, the Scot's time trial victory in 2003 expunged after his drugs ban, and the first by a Briton in a bunch sprint finish in the Tour since Barry Hoban in 1975.
The Manxman's seven wins this year included two stages in the Giro d'Italia, the second biggest major tour.
Cavendish dropped out of his maiden Tour de France on the eighth stage last year before the race hit the mountains.
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