Despite his well publicised desire to win gold on the track at the Rio Olympics this year, Mark Cavendish still has a job to do on the road, and that includes riding Paris-Roubaix for his team on Sunday.

Dimension Data go into the Hell of the North in support of Edvald Boasson Hagen, but team sports director Roger Hammond, who finished third in the 2004 Paris-Roubaix, says on a good day Mark Cavendish can win the cobbled Monument.

“He can walk in and win it straight away, and if he doesn’t, he’ll come back and try it again,” Hammond said.

“He’s small, he’s nimble, got great bike handling skills and he’s got the accelerations he needs to be in the front group; what more does he need?”

Cavendish, who finished second to Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick-Step) at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday, has said he’s looking to “see what’s possible” on Sunday in Roubaix.

But if what Hammond says is anything to go by, don’t count the Manxman out.

  • John Senior

    Great to see Cav doing something different. His ride at the nationals shows he’s got potential to move on from sprinting to be a one day contender…and he’s never struggled on the cobbles in the tour. However, it’d take a miracle the size of his San Remo sprint to get him across the line first…

  • llos25

    I do not think so, you seem to know nothing about cycle racing or cycling come to the that matter before you learn to comment with knowledge I would shut up.

  • David Bassett

    Well said I wonder if David Kerry has ever won anything in his life. I can remember Cav as a kid coming over from the IOM (which must be the most successful on this planet for producing athletes per head of population) He was the least big headed kid on a bike you could have ever wished to meet. And when he was living in Manchester one of the most disciplined riders of his time. I wonder what David Kerry’s school report read like.

  • David Kerry

    Bassett the only prat is you??

  • Sam Hocking

    A Track pursuiter won Critérium du Dauphiné, Paris–Nice, Tour de France – the world is out there – just pull it in!

  • David Bassett

    What a prat you must be.

  • Anifa Tester

    Have some respect David. Cav is a legend! What’s more he’ll be in the race . . . nobody has heard of you.

  • David Kerry

    He’s got as much chance of winning as lance Armstrong riding.. In fact Armstrongs got more chance of winning than sulky boy cavendish.. Cavendish is out the picture now!! I bet he dosent win no more ..

  • Steven Nicholson

    I’d like to see Cav focus more on classics in the later part of his career, a rider of his quality should have more than more 1 Monument victory, okay he’s not suited for LBL or Lombardia but there’s no reason why couldn’t win another MSR or a cobbled classic.