Cavendish excited by sprint opportunities

October 23, 2014
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The 2011 green jersey winner Mark Cavendish has said he is excited at the prospect of some "outstanding" sprint opportunities at next year's Tour de France.

This year's staging of professional road cycling's most prestigious race was marred with disappointment for the Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider after he crashed when contesting the finish on Stage 1 in his mother's home town of Harrogate in Yorkshire.

The 2015 edition of Le Tour will also start with a time-trial off the back of consecutive years  in which a road stage has determined the outcome of the early holder of the maillot jaune.

Cavendish, a 25-time Stage winner at the Tour de France, has never worn the yellow jersey but he feels he could get his chance next year against his usual rivals, Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol).

"The number of chances for a sprint at this Tour are outstanding for me," he said. "I'm quite happy with this Tour.

"A lot of the starts and finishes we've done before at past editions of the Tour de France. It's a flattish first week, which is good for the sprinters."

The 29-year-old told reporters in Paris at the official unveiling of the race stages: "There are few good opportunities for the sprint in the first week, plus two more occasions in the last two weeks including the Champs-Elysees. I won on the Champs four times and I'm looking forward to trying again."

A short 13.7km time trial will decide the destination of the first yellow jersey in the Dutch city of Utrecht next year, while the race will take in 3,344 kilometres in total and will pass through three countries - tackling 26 major climbs in all.

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