Cavendish to head up Quick-Step team at Giro d'Italia

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Omega Pharma Quick-Step have named Mark Cavendish as their leader for the upcoming Giro d'Italia, according to the BBC.

The former-Team Sky racer is a sprint specialist, and is gunning to better his result at last year's event when he finished second by a single point.

The 2011 Tour de France green jersey winner will be supported by Oljo Keisse, Serge Pauwels, Gert Steegmans, Julien Vermote, Gianluca Brambilla, Matteo Trentin, Jerome Pineau and Michal Golas on the Quick-Step roster.

"We start with a very good team built around Mark Cavendish," Quick-Step sport director Davide Bramati told BBC Sport.

"The presence of a pure sprinter will change our approach to the race. In any stage where we have a possibility we have to try to do our best to go for the win. 

"The competition is fierce, but we can count on a good group. We believe in our team and we will be there to try to fight and win."

Cavendish's former team, Team Sky, will be led by 2012 Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins. The 21-stage Giro d'Italia begins on Saturday, and is the first Grand Tour of the season.

The Tour de France follows in July, before the Vuelta de Espana in August through September. Wiggins became the first Briton in the competition's history to win the Tour de France last year, but Chris Froome is expected to be Team Sky leader this time around.

Froome finished the Tour second behind Wiggins in 2012, and recevied assurances he would lead the team in 2013.

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