Tour de France: Mark Cavendish looking to claim yellow jersey on stage one in Corsica
Mark Cavendish is aiming to wear the Tour de France race leader's yellow jersey for the first time.
Last Updated: 20/06/13 3:45pm
The first day of cycling's showpiece event is set to end in a sprint finish in Bastia, offering the 28-year-old Manxman the opportunity to become only the sixth British rider to claim the maillot jaune, following in the footsteps of Tom Simpson, Sean Yates, Chris Boardman, David Millar and Sir Bradley Wiggins.
He is also aiming to add to his current haul of 23 stage victories, win the points classification for a second time and notch up a fifth successive triumph on the Champs-Elysees.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step sport and development manager Rolf Aldag said: "Cav is there to try and win stages and, of course, one of the big goals of Mark is to go for the yellow jersey on the first day."
Cavendish has worn the leader's jersey at cycling's other two Grand Tours, the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, but Tour yellow has so far eluded him.
Strong support team
His bid to set that record straight and fulfill his other other goals will be supported by a strong Omega Pharma - Quick-Step team.
He will be joined by world time trial champion Tony Martin, France's Sylvain Chavanel, young Polish prospect Michal Kwiatkowski, Matteo Trentin, Gert Steegmans, Niki Terpstra, Jerome Pineau and Peter Velits.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step chief executive officer Patrick Lefevere said: "We have for sure one of the best teams in the entire field at the Tour. Mark counts on a committed team built around him."
Cavendish goes into the Tour in fine form, having notched up 12 victories already this season, including five at the Giro d'Italia, where he also won the points classification.
His lead-out train finally began to come good for him at the Giro after a series of faltering performances earlier in the season, and Aldag insists his star rider can depend on his team-mates to deliver him safely to sprints.
"Mark will be able to count on the same leadout of the Giro d'Italia," Aldag added. "They are already tested in race situations and will be ready again.
"Steegmans will be the last man, and Matteo Trentin will be the second to last man. But, all the team will be committed with Mark when the stage will fit his characteristics.
"Tony Martin will be there to ride to the 'Flamme Rouge' [last 1km] on the flat stages. He will bring Matteo, Gert and Cav into the best position possible in the final kilometre."
The Tour de France runs from June 29 to July 21.