Cavendish eyes Giro wins for Sky
Mark Cavendish is confident that Team Sky can get some real success under their belt at the Giro d'Italia.
The world road race champion leads the nine-man Team Sky squad heading for the Grand Tour, which starts in Denmark on Saturday before moving into Italy.
For Cavendish, it is the first Grand Tour as a member of Team Sky and it starts with an 8.7 kilometres time trial around Herning. That is followed by two road stages which are likely to offer ideal opportunities for the sprinters in the peloton.
Cavendish, who has picked up four wins already in 2012, has outlined the strength in the Team Sky squad and feels there are a number of opportunities for the outfit to get wins in the Giro.
"There are a lot more than the two sprint stages there were last year. There are six possible sprint stages in this Giro so hopefully we'll try and win what we can out of that and we've also got the team time trial for which we've got a strong line-up," he said.
"We've got some guys who can win other stages too so we're coming here with a team built around winners. Hopefully it won't just be me winning stages and we'll have a lot of different names by the end of the Giro."
Team Sky were dealt a blow earlier this week with the news Ben Swift is out of the Giro due to a fractured right shoulder he sustained during a training ride.
He has been replaced in the nine-man squad by the experienced Jeremy Hunt, who has previous experience from completing all three of cycling's Grand Tours.