Mark Cavendish not prepared to be centre of Milan-San Remo team

Mark Cavendish and Heinrich Haussler, Tour of Qatar 2013

Some have suggested he is bluffing but Mark Cavendish maintains Milan-San Remo is not a personal objective with new team and Classics powerhouse Omega Pharma-Quick-Step this season.

Cavendish has not been in the mix since his 2009 win but it was there he significantly downplayed his ambition and chances before besting Heinrich Haussler in a close two-up sprint.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.