Cav: I’d ditch Tour for gold

BRITISH gold medal hope Mark Cavendish insists he would have skipped the Tour de France if he thought it would boost his London 2012 road race chances.

The Isle of Man cyclist has already jeopardised his hopes of retaining the green jersey in the Tour, which starts next week, with an Olympics-oriented training regime.

“If I thought I’d be in better condition for the Olympics, I would [miss the Tour]. I am doing both for different reasons,” said Cavendish. “It [London 2012] is a big thing. That is why I am changing [my training].”