Mark Cavendish who's hoping to grab the yellow jersey at the 2013 Tour de France, said on Thursday (June 27) his team will aim for opening-stage wins at this year's race.
"I think now Tour de France for me is what my season is built around, it's what I grew up watching, the most incredible race on the planet. I think the majority of bike riders are saying, ninety nine percent of bike riders, this is their dream to start the Tour de France and I'm lucky this is my seventh time starting. Every year has been the same excitement, biggest bike race in the world, in one of the most beautiful countries in the world and yeah, we're in a great teal with some great form this year so for sure excited. But I wouldn't say any more than any of the years," he said.
"I think for sure the fact that it's Yellow Jersey, it's special, it's a jersey that, a leader's jersey that I haven't worn yet but I think coming to the Tour de France, I think whether it's for the yellow jersey or not, a sprint is a stage that we've got to go for and a stage we have to be a hundred percent motivated. I think you can't put anymore pressure on yourself because the yellow jersey is there at stake because this stage of the Tour de France is the biggest thing for us anyway. So yeah, it would be nice to have but we'll go do our best and see what happens," he said.
"We should be getting stage wins on the time trial. We've got a strong team for the team time trial and we've got guys who can get away and take their opportunities on more difficult stages when I won't be there so... I think we've got a very well rounded team here, team that's going to work well in unison together for all types of stages and hopefully we will see a lot of success at the end of it," he added.