Mark Cavendish eyeing Olympic and Tour de France glory in 2016

Mark Cavendish is targeting the Tour de France yellow jersey and Olympic gold in 2016

Mark Cavendish is targeting the so far elusive prizes of an Olympic gold medal and the Tour de France's yellow jersey in 2016.

The 30-year-old from the Isle of Man has won 26 Tour stages to be widely regarded as the greatest sprinter of all time.

He also won the 2011 World Championships road race, with the rainbow jersey a target again this year.

"If I don't win any of them it is not a failure because they are the biggest things you can do in cycling," Cavendish told BBC Sport.

"If I won one I'd be happy but I'll try to win all three."

Cavendish is riding for a new team, Africa's Team Dimension Data, this season and has lofty targets.

The Tour leader's maillot jaune has so far proved out of reach, including when he crashed in Harrogate on the opening stage of the 2014 race, but there is a realistic prospect of victory on the opening stage this July.

He has also fallen short of fulfilling his Olympic ambitions at the 2008 and 2012 Games, where he finished 29th in the road race on The Mall in London.

But Cavendish has returned to the track in a bid for a first Olympic medal in Rio, balancing his training for the multi-discipline omnium with his preparations for a road season he hopes to complete with a second world title in Qatar in September.

"I think it is physically possible with careful planning," Cavendish said at a media conference in Manchester on Tuesday.

"If you work every single day. There's 366 this year. I might have to re-evaluate later but I believe it's possible.

"It will be hard to do but I believe I can do it. The guys at British cycling - (technical director) Shane Sutton and (men's endurance coach) Heiko Salzwedel - are the first to say if there's someone who can do it, it's me."

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