HTC expect home joy for Cavendish
HTC-Highroad are expecting multiple victories for Mark Cavenish when the Tour of Britain commences on Sunday.
Michal Albasini claimed overall victory in 2010 and the team are confident they can claim stage wins and contend for the GC again.
"We're expecting a lot of bunch sprint finishes in Britain," said sport director Brian Holm, "So we've got some good sprinters here like Mark [Cavendish], Renshaw and Rasmussen."
"We've got options for the GC as well, I expect to see Lars Bak and Matt Brammeier in contention."
"With these smaller races it's not too complicated as far as strategy. If we can get a few riders away in a break on the hilly stages, then we'll do so. And the rest will try to keep control."
"We were very successful last year, and we've learned the value of fielding solid time triallists at this race. We should be pretty well equipped for each stage."
"Cavendish is particularly motivated to perform on his home soil, but all of our squad this year is eager to keep the title. We are very close to the five hundred wins mark since 2008, we hope to reach it here in Britain."†
The nine-stage race begins on Sunday in Peebles in Scotland and finishes in Westminster the following Sunday.