Cavendish has eye on Harrogate homecoming

Omega Pharma ' Quick-Step rider Mark Cavendish (back-centre) during a training ride with team mates near Sheffield.
Omega Pharma ' Quick-Step rider Mark Cavendish (back-centre) during a training ride with team mates near Sheffield.
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Mark Cavendish says it is “incredible” that the Tour de France is starting in the United Kingdom for the second time in his career, and say the chance to win the first stage into his home town in Harrogate is “exciting”.

Britain’s most prolific stage winner has 25 wins to his name in the great race, the third most in history, but none would create a greater story than if he were to cross the line first in his mother’s home town.

Mark Cavendish.

Mark Cavendish.

A victory would also give him the yellow jersey for the first time.

Cavendish said: “It’s incredible that for the second time in my career the UK’s got the Grand Depart of the Tour de France.

“The first stage finishes in my mother’s home town. It’s really exciting.

“But the Tour de France is 21 stages long. We’ve got an incredibly strong Omega Pharma-QuickStep team and we’d like to be successful throughout the three weeks.”