Mark Cavendish believes that Team Sky is capable of delivering British winners of the yellow and green jerseys at the same Tour de France.
The road world champion, who is one of ten British riders in Team Sky’s line-up, refuted suggestions that the team would struggle to balance his hopes of maintaining the green jersey he won at HTC-Highroad with Bradley Wiggins’ goal of the yellow jersey.
Team Telekom were the last to claim both jerseys in France’s Grand Tour back in 1996 through Bjarne Riis and Erik Zabel respectively and Cavendish hopes Team Sky can replicate the feat.
"It is definitely possible for me to win the green jersey and a British rider to win the yellow jersey in the same Tour de France at Team Sky. I would not be here if I did not think it was possible,” Cavendish told the Press Association.
"It is definitely possible for me to win the green jersey and a British rider to win the yellow jersey in the same Tour de France at Team Sky. I would not be here if I did not think it was possible."
"We have some of the best bike riders in the world at Sky and definitely the best in the world for doing that double-ended approach. For me it is fine. I will go in and make sure I am in the best condition I can be in and have confidence in my team-mates that we can all work together and be successful.
"I am not in this to be successful myself. I am not in this to have guys helping me to achieve everything I want. I am here to be part of something successful”.
The Manxman could win Britain’s first gold medal at the London Olympics in July and is eying a double success in the summer.
"The Tour de France is the big stage in cycling and one the biggest shows on the planet. It is important to be successful there but, in terms of being a British athlete with the Olympics meaning so much to a British person, to pull on that national jersey and do something to represent your country at your home Games makes it equally big, if not bigger, but just on a different level.
"I want to do both, I am ambitious to do both and I think it is very, very doable. That is why we are aiming to achieve both a successful Tour de France and an Olympics."