Despite his well publicised desire to win gold on the track at the Rio Olympics this year, Mark Cavendish still has a job to do on the road, and that includes riding Paris-Roubaix for his team on Sunday.

Dimension Data go into the Hell of the North in support of Edvald Boasson Hagen, but team sports director Roger Hammond, who finished third in the 2004 Paris-Roubaix, says on a good day Mark Cavendish can win the cobbled Monument.

“He can walk in and win it straight away, and if he doesn’t, he’ll come back and try it again,” Hammond said.

“He’s small, he’s nimble, got great bike handling skills and he’s got the accelerations he needs to be in the front group; what more does he need?”

Cavendish, who finished second to Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quick-Step) at Scheldeprijs on Wednesday, has said he’s looking to “see what’s possible” on Sunday in Roubaix.

But if what Hammond says is anything to go by, don’t count the Manxman out.