Cavendish: Team-mates should share glory

01 May 2012 / 12:42

World champion Mark Cavendish would like his team-mates to share in the glory and adulation if he wins the London Olympic Games road race.

The 26-year-old from the Isle of Man, who on Saturday is set to start the Giro d'Italia, his first Grand Tour for Team Sky, will be the favourite for the July 28 race through Surrey, which finishes on The Mall.

Prolific winner Cavendish always thanks his team-mates after every success, but he would like them to be rewarded too.

He said: "For me, every rider of the Olympic road race should get a medal. It doesn't matter if you have five guys in, three guys, one guy.

"What makes cycling special is that you have guys who are committing themselves for the pride of their jersey.

"It takes a special group of people to do that and I am lucky to have special people around me."

Cavendish last September won the 2011 World Championships road race in Copenhagen, becoming the second Briton after Tom Simpson in 1965 to win the one-day race and claim the rainbow jersey.

Cavendish, who hopes to defend his Tour de France points classification green jersey in July, added: "The Olympics come round every four years. And this one is in London which makes it a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It will be a massive day."