Chance to make history pushes Cavendish on

WORLD CHAMPION Mark Cavendish has revealed his desire to win the second stage of the Tour de France yesterday was inspired by a greater goal to make history.

Though he has previously insisted the prospect of winning an Olympic gold medal at London 2012 is his greatest ambition, Cavendish performed exceptionally during yesterday’s 207.5-kilometre test from Vise to Tournai to suggest he may still be considering the bigger picture with Team Sky throughout the Tour.

“We knew it was going to be hard here this year,” Cavendish said after his maiden victory as world champion.

“I always say I wanted to make history. There are not many better ways to make history than by being part of a team winning the Tour de France with a British rider.

“It was always going to be difficult to win stages and if anything it made me more relaxed.

“In the past I always had a dedicated team to a sprinter. With a team I should win most of the time so there was always that pressure to win.”