Mark Cavendish, Sky kit 2012

Here comes a good, old-fashioned British-Aussie rivalry. Mark Cavendish's big goal for the first half of the season is Milan-San Remo, where he will come up against the race's defending champion and the "only rider he fears right now in a bunch sprint": Matt Goss.

"When he's on form, he's incredible. He arrives so fresh, he can climb well and he's clever on the bike," Cavendish said in a press conference in Doha this evening.

When Cavendish says he fears a rider, you sit up and take notice. A bastion of self-confidence, he isn't given to deference for the sake of it.

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