Mark Cavendish writes off his chances of winning the sprint classification's green jersey at the Tour de France this year

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) was pretty honest about his chances of winning the Tour de France green jersey this season, intimating that the rules need to change to stop Peter Sagan taking the prize once more.

Sagan has won green in each of the last four seasons, separating himself from his rivals by taking intermediate sprint points in the mountains as the pure sprinters struggle.

Cavendish, who is looking after the green jersey on behalf of Sagan on stage three says he has no chance of competing with the world champion in the competition over the course of three weeks.

“One hundred per cent, I can’t get to Paris with the green jersey,” he told Sporza before the start of stage three.

“Once we get in the mountains and Peter Sagan gets all these 20 [intermediate sprint] points while we [the sprinter] are in the gruppetto it’s way out of anyone’s chance, even [Alexander] Kristoff’s.

“Sagan will win the green as long as the intermediate sprints stay as they are.”

Cavendish already sits 24 points down on Sagan in the competition after two stages, thanks to Sagan’s win on stage two and third place the previous day.