27th of July 2012 Author: Johnny Karp
British cyclist Mark Cavendish is confident that he can win gold at London 2012, with the help of what he calls "a dream team". Cavendish and the British team will be in action in Saturday's road race, less than a week after winning his third stage at the 2012 Tour de France.
"It's doable," Cavendish said. "I couldn't do it if I was doing this alone but I need four of the strongest bike riders in the world to help me. And I have got four of the strongest bike riders in the world to help me."
Bradley Wiggins, who became the first Briton to win the Tour de France, Ian Stannard, the 2012 British National Road Race Champion, David Millar and Chris Froome, both stage winners at this year's Tour de France, will be part of the the Great Britain road race team.
"We were out training and it was like 'Oh my God this is the dream team'. Hopefully we can put that into practice and deliver the results," Cavendish added. "We have got four Tour de France stage winners in the team, first and second in the general classification and the British champion. They are incredibly loyal guys, incredibly patriotic guys and really want to do this."
Cavendish, now aged 27, missed out on a medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing when he and Wiggins finished eighth in a track racing event. That defeat made him focus solely on road racing ever since.
"Every time I pull on the jersey to represent the union flag it's a big honour for me," Mark Cavendish added. "To represent my country, to ride as part of a team who are doing it for their country and not for a commercial wage is a big, big thing. On a personal level it will be one of the biggest things if not the biggest thing that we can do."
Saturday's road race is a 250km route, taking riders from the heart of London to the Surrey countryside and back. "It's narrow and it's dangerous on the approach in," Wiggins said about the route. "You're going to have to be in the front because if there is a crash then it will block the road so there's all those things to contend with. It's going to be difficult and it's a long race as well but I think other teams will be looking at us and thinking, 'How are we going to compete with these guys?' And we're just sitting here not really worrying about the rest, we're just concentrating on ourselves."
The odds from Bet365 show that Mark Cavendish is the favourite for the road race, followed by Cancellara and Boonen:
Mark Cavendish - 4/5
Fabian Cancellara - 15/1
Tom Boonen - 18/1
Sacha Modolo - 40/1
Tyler Farrar - 66/1
Vincenzo Nibali - 66/1
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