Cavendish backs Froome for more Tour de France success

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Mark Cavendish has backed Chris Froome to etch his name into the Tour de France history books in 2018 by winning a record-equalling fifth title.

Froome became only the fifth man to win four yellow jerseys in the biggest Grand Tour of them all last weekend as he topped the general classification by 54 seconds.

The Team Sky rider described the win as his toughest yet as he held off the early charges of Nairo Quintana, Fabio Aru and Alberto Contador before Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet threatened his chances in the closing week.

At 32, Froome has the chance to become the Tour's most successful rider in the coming years given he sits just one win behind record holders Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.

Cavendish has backed his former team-mate to do just that, although he also concedes any of four Team Sky riders could challenge for the yellow jersey.

"I believe so," Cavendish told Omnisport when asked if Froome could win a fifth Tour. "I believe with Sky, I think he's signed another few years with Sky.

"Sky have four guys that can win the Tour de France. When you have that kind of team, you've got incredible power behind you to do it."

Cavendish himself was chasing Tour records in 2017 as he hunts down Merckx's record of 34 stage wins, but his challenge ended on the fourth day as he crashed out after an altercation with Peter Sagan - an action that saw Sagan disqualified from the race and Cavendish suffer a fractured elbow.

Despite the disappointment, Cavendish will be back next year as he continues to be motivated by claiming victories in the biggest races.

He added: "Two things [motivate me]. One I love cycling, I love the sport, and two I have a desire to win. It's as simple as that really."

 

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