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Cavendish aiming for double

2012-02-07 13:11

Doha - World champion Mark Cavendish is facing a tough juggling act this summer as he targets the Tour de France and the Olympic road-race gold medal at the London Olympics.

The Isle of Man rider is opening his season under the Gulf sun at the Tour of Qatar, following a winter of intensive training by his own account.

It will be, he said a massive year with the Tour de France in July and the London Olympics starting shortly after the race finishes placing a premium on fitness and durability.

"I want to have a great season," he said. "That starts with the Tour de France which remains for any cyclist the prime objective. I have now won twenty stages and I want to win some more.

"But I would be telling a lie if I said I was not dreaming of the Olympic race also.

"I have strong patriotic feelings and the games in London is for me the chance of a lifetime.

"July is going to be hectic and I have to be careful that I don't get to London being totally exhausted."

AFP