Cav looks to Olympics for yet more road glory

World champion Mark Cavendish capped a "very successful" Tour de France for Team Sky with his fourth consecutive sprint win on the world-famous Champs-Elysees on Sunday.

Now the Isle of Man sprinter, who took his impressive tally of stage wins to 23 and only 11 short of the absolute record held by Belgian legend Eddy Merckx (34), is lining up his next objective -- Olympic road race gold on July 28.

"I've had good form since the Giro d'Italia, everything's been on target since then and it still is. I'm looking forward to next Saturday now," said Cavendish.

With Bradley Wiggins leading a British podium one-two with Chris Froome and Sky winning six of the race's 20 stages, the 99th edition will go down as a landmark for British cycling.

Wiggins won both time-trials and Cavendish claimed three wins, while Froome won stage seven to the race's first hilltop finish.

Although there has been some speculation that Cavendish has been unhappy at Sky because of the team's commitment to Wiggins' cause, on Sunday the Manxman had only praise for his team.

"We came to win the yellow jersey, we've got first and second on GC (general classification) and we've won six stages as a team," said Cavendish.

"It's been a very successful Tour for Team Sky. Maybe there would have been more opportunities for sprints, but we won six stages here!

"We've raised the profile of British cycling, and it's been an incredible thing to be part of.

"Today, winning on the Champs-Elysees put a big, red cherry on top of a beautifully made cake for three weeks, and it was an honour to be part of."

Having won stage two at the start of the race, Cavendish's two wins in the past three days -- both of which came in convincing fashion -- suggest he will be the man to beat in London on July 28.

But before he sets his sights on Olympic glory, he is savouring becoming the first world champion to win the final Tour stage on the Champs-Elysees.

"For me this race is everything. It's what my whole year is built towards every year," he said.

"It means so much to come here, wearing this jersey and do all I do for British cycling and being part of a team that's just won it.

"Winning on the most beautiful avenue in the world is just so special. It's an honour to be the first guy to wear the world champion's jersey to do that, and I'll be back again to try and make it five next year."

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 46 29 29 104
2 China 38 27 23 88
3 Great Britain 29 17 19 65
4 Russia 24 26 32 82
5 South Korea 13 8 7 28
6 Germany 11 19 14 44
7 France 11 11 12 34
86 Philippines 0 0 0 0

Featured

Olympic bits you must know

  • Russian Sensation Alexei Nemov

    Alexei Nemov is one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history. The Russian gymnast’s haul of 12 medals is bettered only by six other … More »

  • Hero of Ukraine

    Yana Klochkova is a four-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine who dominated the women’s swimming individual medley events in the 2000 and 2004 … More »

  • Swimming's Comeback Kid

    American swimmer Pablo Morales earned the nickname “The Comeback Kid” after he defied age and skeptics to become the oldest Olympic swimming gold … More »

  • Track Star Marie-Jose Perec's Atlanta Double

    Marie-Jose Perec is a champion sprinter from France who won three Olympic gold medals in the 1990s. … More »

  • France's Champion Cyclist

    Felicia Ballanger of France was one of the best female cyclists in Olympic history and considered the best in the 1990s. During her career, she won … More »