Mark Cavendish eyeing multiple days in yellow jersey

Mark Cavendish, British road race national championships 2013

Mark Cavendish wants to claim the first yellow jersey of the Tour de France Saturday but is hopeful he and his Omega Pharma-Quick Step teammates can share it for a part of the first week.

Last year the maillot jaune swapped shoulders only once between prologue winner Fabian Cancellara and eventual champion Bradley Wiggins. The course for the 100th edition is less conducive to such a scenario - both for sprinters looking to take first blood at the flat Grand Depart in Corsica this weekend as well as the genuine general classification contenders.

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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.