The 28-year-old from the Isle of Man on Sunday claimed a first British senior title and this weekend in Corsica he will hope to claim a 24th Tour stage win of his career — and with it the race leader’s maillot jaune.
“It’s a big, big goal and a huge motivation for a team built around stage wins,” said Cavendish, who could also get an opportunity in 2014 when the opening Yorkshire Tour stage finishes in Harrogate, his mother’s home town.
“It’s a strong group of sprinters this year. To get a win won’t be easy, especially in the first stage of the Tour. “History has showed it normally takes me a few days to get into a Grand Tour. Not at the Giro this year (when he won the opening stage), but before that. We’ll go for it, but you have to show the Tour de France respect — nothing’s a given.”