Mark Cavendish has admitted crashes could hold the key to his dream of wearing the Tour de France's famed yellow jersey.
Saturday's opening stage to Bastia is custom-made for a rider such as Cavendish, a rare treat for the quick men given that a sprinter has not won the first stage of the Tour since 1965.
Cavendish's pedigree as a 23-time Tour stage winner makes him the clear favourite but the sprint finish is not the only unusual characteristic of the stage so early on - its twisty, mountain roads are also rarely seen until later in the race and that has Cavendish a little concerned.
"If I'm truthful, yeah, I think it will be dangerous," the Manxman said.
"There's a little bit more danger than there would be later in the race.
"At the start of the tour, the peloton's always nervous and there's always a few crashes. But on the narrow roads when everyone's fresh and going for it, I think we're likely to see some accidents.
"I hope everybody stays safe but unfortunately there's a lot at stake and unfortunately there'll be a lot of teams trying to press at the front."
With over 100 professional victories behind him, Cavendish has worn a kaleidoscope of colours in his cycling career but knows wearing yellow would be in a different league all together.
"The yellow jersey is special," he said. "It's a jersey I haven't worn yet. It's the only one I'm missing.
"It's not just one of the most iconic symbols in cycling, it's one of the most iconic symbols in sport and to be able to wear that for a day in your life is something you dream about."
But despite the prize on offer, the 28-year-old is determined not to lose sight of his main goals in this year's race: the points leader's green jersey and collecting more stage wins.
Cavendish's 23 Tour stage wins puts him fourth overall in race history and he could overhaul Andre Leducq's tally of 25 and Bernard Hinault's 28 in the next few weeks, with only Eddy Merckx on 34 remaining after that.
"Whether you're coming to the Tour de France for the yellow jersey or not, as a sprint it's a stage we have to go for 100 per cent motivated," he said of the opening day.
"You can't put any more pressure on yourself. It's a stage of the Tour de France and that's the biggest thing for us anyway."
Whatever colour Cavendish ends the day in, he will begin it in the British champion's jersey after his victory in Glasgow last weekend.
"It's an honour," he said. "I'm very patriotic, I'm proud of my country and I'm proud to wear the jersey that represents the champion of it."
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