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01/5/2012| 0 comments
by Reuters and Roadcycling.com
Dave Brailsford.
Dave Brailsford.

Team Sky Considers Aiming for Yellow & Green Success in Tour de France

Two years after Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford's declared he wanted a British rider to win the Tour de France by 2014, the road racing team now have the manpower to target both the yellow and green jerseys in the three-week race.

into the race with separate agendas, Wiggins felt riding alongside Cavendish would prove beneficial rather than forcing the team to split resources.

"The way the Tour has gone now, those first stages are a nightmare. Everyone wants to ride on the front and Cav's team was always on the front in the first week," said the 31-year-old.

"It's an ideal place for me to sit and be out of trouble so I think it would certainly bring the team closer together in that first week... as opposed to just waiting for seven or eight days to the first mountain stage.

"There's the morale in the team from the success in that first week with him winning stages, me being out of trouble, I can't see anything but it being positive really."

The two friends will have a difficult juggling act to perform in July as both eye Olympic medals at the London Games after the Tour.

Wiggins has won three pursuit gold medals on the track but Cavendish has yet to win an Olympic title.

It's going to be a massive July and I'm motivated for the Tour de France and the Olympics both for completely separate reasons," said Cavendish.

"As a professional bike rider... with sponsors to please and with a career to earn, the Tour de France is the biggest thing I can do... It's important to be successful there but in terms of being a British athlete the Olympics means so much to a British person.

"To pull on that national jersey and do something to represent your country and at your home Games that makes it equally big if not bigger, but just on a different level."

The 2012 Tour de France finishes on July 22 and the men's Olympic road race is six days later.

As part of the team that helped Cavendish win the world title in September, Wiggins expects to have a role in the Manxman's Olympic attempt before going for the time trial on Aug. 1.

"Every year is a busy year in cycling terms," Wiggins said.

"The only thing that's more busy this year is the fact I've got to do an hour's time trial nine days after the Tour de France so it's an hour longer than any other season," he joked.

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