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Cavendish targets yellow jersey in Tour opener

Mark Cavendish would love to wear the 'Maillot Jaune'. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

British cyclist Mark Cavendish is aiming to win the first stage of the Tour de France, which would see him wear the yellow jersey for the first time.

In an interview with, the 28-year-old said: “It’s everything to me to win as many stages as possible - and the green jersey – but stage 1 this year presents the first opportunity for a sprinter to wear the yellow jersey since the 60s.

“I’ve never yet worn the yellow jersey and I’m excited to try for that.”

Watch the Cavendish interview in full here


Millions for safe cycling

On their bikes: Government hopes to make cyclists safer Credit: Press Association

The North West will get 15 million pounds of Government money to make cycling in our towns and cities safer.

The money will be used to improve the design and layout of roads at 78 locations across the country, with all schemes due for completion within the next 12 months.

The cash consists of a 20 million Government grant and 20 million from local authorities.

Transport Minister Norman Baker said: "Cycling is healthy and reduces congestion so it is welcome news that more and more people are taking to two wheels.

The schemes cover every English region apart from London


Bolton cyclist Jason Kenny to collect OBE

Jason Kenny won gold medals at the London Olympics Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Bolton cyclist Jason Kenny will receive his OBE at Buckingham Palace today.

He was awarded the gong in the New Years Honours list after winning Olympic Gold last summer.

British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford will also get his award. He will collect his knighthood for services to cycling and the London Games.

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