Tour de France: Mark Cavendish concerned by 'dangerous' first stage in Corsica
Mark Cavendish has described the opening stage of the Tour de France as "dangerous".
Last Updated: 28/06/13 6:22pm
Cycling's most prestigious race usually starts with a prologue time trial, but this year will begin with a flat stage from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia that offers sprinters a rare opportunity to claim the yellow jersey.
Cavendish is among the favourites to win the stage, but is concerned about the twisty, mountain roads of Corsica.
"If I'm truthful, yeah, I think it will be dangerous," he said. "There is a little bit more danger than there would be later in the race.
"At the start of the Tour, the peloton is always nervous and there is always a few crashes. But on the narrow roads when everyone is fresh and going for it, I think we are likely to see some accidents.
"I hope everybody stays safe, but unfortunately there is a lot at stake and, unfortunately, there will be a lot of teams trying to press at the front."
The Manxman goes into the 2013 race with 23 stage victories already to his name.
This leaves him fourth overall in number of stage wins and a good Tour this year could see him overtake Andre Leducq, who has 25. The record-holder is Eddy Merckx on 34.