Cavendish aiming for first yellow of 100th Tour

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Yellow horizon... Mark Cavendish sees the opening stage of next year's Tour de France the perfect opportunity to complete his Grand Tour leader's jersey set. (Getty Images)

Omega Pharma-Quickstep signing Mark Cavendish has earmarked the opening stage of next year's 100th Tour de France as a major goal for the season.

With no prologue in the 2013 edition, The Tour opener in Corsica will allow the inaugural stage winner a chance to win the first yellow jersey, something Cavendish has never been able to achieve in his decorated career.

"I've worn the leader's jersey in the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, so it would be nice to complete the set," said the former world champion to The Times newspaper.

Cavendish, 27, has won 23 stages on the Tour de France and will wear the Belgian team's colours when cycling's most celebrated race visits the Mediterranean island of Corsica for the first time next year.

The flat 212km run from Porto-Vecchio to Bastia on June 29 is seen as perfect for sprinters such as Cavendish, who in 2011 was the world road race champion and has won the final Tour stage on the Champs Elysees for the last four years in succession.

Cavendish told the paper that next year's Tour will show "every good aspect" of cycling, which is battling to recover from the fall-out of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal that has shattered its reputation.

The Isle of Man rider, however, echoed the views of his current team-mate and compatriot, 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins, by saying it was unfair to imply that all professional cyclists took banned substances.

"Since I turned pro, I've not seen anything that suggests it's (cycling's) not clean. I'm riding clean and winning the biggest bike races in the world and I'm actually not that good," he was quoted as saying.

"So, if I'm winning clean then people can't be cheating," he said, adding that any current rider who doped would now be found out.

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