Team Sky’s Mark Cavendish Wins First General Classification Title
Team Sky’s Mark Cavendish looks to carry over his current success into this year’s Tour de France. The young rider claimed the first general classification victory of his career earlier in June, winning the Ster ZLM Toer on Sunday by eight seconds over Lars Boom (Rabobank).
Placing in the top three in the opening two stages in Holland put him on top of the standings but his standout performance came in Saturday’s queen stage as the World Champion fought hard throughout on the hilly course in the Ardennes.
Speaking soon after his victory, Cavendish said, “I’ve been second a couple of times in the past but this is my first GC win and I’m really, really happy with it.”
Turning his attention to the Tour de France, which starts in Liege on June 30, and the Olympics Road Race he said, “I’m training really well. I wanted to be in my best form and am definitely in it so I’m looking forward to France now and hopefully Team Sky getting the green and yellow jerseys.”
When asked what the fortnight leading into the Tour will feature training-wise, Cavendish explained: “It’s pretty much about relaxing now and really looking after myself these next two weeks. You’ve got to start the Tour de France as fresh as possible – especially this year with the Olympics so soon after.”
Cav certainly looks promising to be a real contender in the 2012 Tour de France. Look for Team Sky to have a real presence with Cav riding right up front through the French scenery. He holds 20 Tour stage victories already and looks to be a strong contender for the Green Jersey among other accolades.