Mark Cavendish and Team Columbia-HTC Going for Green in 2010 Tour de France
Team Columbia-HTC will be fighting for the green jersey with Mark Cavendish in the 2010 Tour de France.
Team Columbia-HTC will be fighting for the green jersey with Mark Cavendish in the 2010 Tour de France. Speaking after the 2010 Tour presentation in Paris, France, Columbia-HTC manager Rolf Aldag said "our goal is to be competitive for the green jersey next July. It's the next logical step after Mark [Cavendish] won six stages this year and finished in Paris. Even more logical if you think about how he won that last stage on the Champs-Elysées."
Speaking of the 2010 route, Aldag added, "It's true there are fewer flat stages, so when it comes to the green jersey, the question will be which sprinters can get over the climbs at the end of the hillier stages. Mark managed to win his fifth stage in the Tour this year after a really tough final climb."
Aldag says Columbia-HTC's other big objective will be to see what German Tony Martin is capable of achieving in the overall classification, "but without putting him under any pressure. This year he did really well considering it was his first Tour de France. Next July our target is that if he manages to avoid the two bad days he had, we'll be able to see where that gets him. If he finishes somewhere between eighth and twelfth in Paris, we'd be absolutely delighted."
As for the route overall, Aldag describes it as "a little different. Those cobbled sections in one early stage and the Ardennes climbs in another will make it special. If it wasn't for those two stages, I'd say the overall contenders should maybe try to ride themselves into top shape for the Pyrenees, where the race will be decided. But with such a tough first week, anything could happen. It'll be an exciting Tour for sure."