Points mean prizes for Cavendish at Tour Down Under

Mark Cavendish celebrates the stage win, Vuelta a Espana 2010, stage 18

Mark Cavendish's decision to start his season at the Tour Down Under in January could get Great Britain's bid to qualify nine places in the World Championship road race off to a flying start.

The HTC-Columbia sprinter is likely to go head-to-head with his former team-mate Andre Greipel for the first time at Cancer Council Down Under Classic in Adelaide on January 16. Two days later the Tour Down Under gets underway. The German Greipel joined the Omega Pharma-Lotto team after becoming frustrated at playing second fiddle to Cavendish in the sprint stakes at HTC-Columbia.

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