Mark Cavendish recognises advantage in missed Tour chances ahead of Olympics

Mark Cavendish, Tour de France 2012, stage two

World champion sprinter Mark Cavendish sees a silver lining in his missed chances at the Tour de France and ahead of the London Olympic Games road race - a week from today.

Cavendish celebrated an emphatic victory at the end of stage 18 of the Tour yesterday bringing his career tally to 22 and equalling Andre Darrigade and Lance Armstrong on the all-time stage win list at fourth.

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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.