Mark Cavendish switches focus

Mark Cavendish has already turned his attention to preparing for the Tour de France and Olympic Games after completing a gruelling Giro d’Italia.

The Team Sky rider won three stages at the Italian Grand Tour but missed out on taking home the points jersey after finishing just one point behind Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez.

Cavendish had the red jersey of points leader on his shoulders for much of the race but was overhauled on the penultimate stage to the top of the Passo dello Stelvio.

After making it through the mountains Cavendish admitted he was disappointed to lose out to the Spaniard but insists he will not dwell on the result.

“It was disappointing because I was fighting right to the end, but at the end of the day we did everything we could as a team and I did everything I could to win it,” he told Sky Sports.

“It was taken out of our control by the crash with (Roberto) Ferrari and other things.

“Rodriguez lost the (leader’s) pink jersey on the last day anyway, so for him to get the red jersey – he deserves it anyway. It’s alright, I’ll have to go and do it again sometime.”

Cavendish’s next target is the Tour de France, where he won stages and took home the points jersey last year, before he goes for gold in the Olympic road race on July 28.

The 27-year-old will have just one week to recover from his efforts in Italy before he begins his training for the Tour and the Olympics, where he will be racing just six days after the end of the ‘Grand Boucle’.

He added: “It’s not that long at all really, it’s going to take me a good week to recover from the Giro and then I’ll just start the last training block before the Tour de France and the Olympic Games.”

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