Cavendish glad to help out with supporting role

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World champion Mark Cavendish is excited at the prospect of playing his part in Bradley Wiggins’s bid to become the first British winner of the Tour de France.

Cavendish’s main aim for 2012 is the Olympic road race on July 28, six days after the Tour finishes in Paris, where his Team Sky colleague Wiggins hopes to stand victorious as the first British winner of the yellow jersey.

It is Cavendish’s intention to also reach the French capital, where he has won on the Champs Elysees in each of the past three years, but more as conditioning for London 2012, and he is happy to play second fiddle as Wiggins starts the Tour in Liege on Saturday as favourite with ambitions of victory.

“I probably won’t win as much personally, in stages,” said Cavendish.

“But to be part of a team that holds real ambitions of winning the Tour de France overall, it’s an honour for any bike rider.”