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Mark Cavendish reveals Commonwealth ambition

Cavendish motivated for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. (©GettyImages)
Cavendish motivated for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. (©GettyImages).

Mark Cavendish will ride for the Isle of Man in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

Cavendish is the current British national road race champion after winning the title last year on the same course that will be used in the Commonwealth games.

The missile won Commonwealth gold back in 2006 in the Scratch race on the track but now he is going for gold on the road.

The 28-year-old will compete in the Games when he returns from the Tour de France and will be looking to build on his impressive 25 stage wins whilst he is there.

Cavendish admits he is excited about the Commonwealth Games as he gets to race with his friends.

SkySports quaote Cavendish as saying: "I'm super-motivated for that.

"It is on the course where I won the British national championships in 2013, and the Isle of Man has an incredibly strong team.

"I love doing it because it is with all my mates, the guys I grew up with. We have been bashing around since we were juniors.

"There is me, Pete Kennaugh, Mark Christian, who was with Sean Kelly's team and now he is with Raleigh, Andrew Roche who rode the Commie Games in India, Joe Kelly too.

"It is not that often you can get to represent the Isle of Man. I'm British and proud to be, but it is nice because I get to be racing with guys I have raced with my whole life."

Cavendish has never worn the yellow jersey in the Tour de France and has a chance to this year with the first stage likely to end in a sprint.

The first stage starts in Leeds and finishes in Harrogate.

Cavendish said: "If I had to choose one stage of the 21 in the Tour, that has got to be it.

"It is my mum's home town, it is designed for a sprint.

"I haven't yet worn the maillot jaune [yellow jersey] and I want to do it. I want to win wherever I race, the team's invested a lot in me. But if there is one race that I can win in 2014, then that would be it."

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