Cavendish help keeps Tour de France dream alive, says Horton

The Madison Genesis rider says that he'll never stop striving to ride at the world's biggest bike race

Tobyn Horton says that the deal to recruit Mark Cavendish's help for team Madison Genesis' young riders will put them in line for appearances at bigger races, with the Tour de France the ultimate dream.

Cavendish, the most successful Tour sprinter in history, agreed this week to mentor and coach young riders at the British team, with his CVNDSH Scholarship and new team, Dimension Data, to help nurture talent at the UCI Continental squad.

The hope is that the squad will be ready to take on the WorldTour races in coming years, and rider Horton believes he and the team will never stop striving to reach a spot at the Tour de France.

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"I'm 30 next year so the chances get slimmer, but I never stop striving to want to do it," Horton told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"Mark putting his name to the team will allow us to be in the shop window at bigger races."

"One of the things I like about Madison Genesis is they're constantly pushing as a team to develop and push the boundaries," he added.

"They're not happy at just being one of the best teams domestically in the UK, they want to do something different and to have someone like Mark Cavendish put his name to the team shows how well admired Madison Genesis are."

Roger Hammond, who has been team manager at Madison Genesis since 2012, will also be splitting his time between the team and African squad Dimension Data, having accepted the role as a sports director with the team.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).