Jul 18, 2011 11:46 PM by Lee Douglas

Cavendish gets ready for stretch run at Tour de France

PIOULENC, France (AP) - British sprinter Mark Cavendish remains cautious heading into the final week of the Tour de France after twice narrowly missing out on the green jersey.

Although Cavendish has a sizable lead over Spain's Jose Joaquin Rojas and Belgium's Philippe Gilbert with one sprint stage remaining - Sunday on the Champs-Elysees in Paris - he says "nothing is guaranteed."

The bitter memory of losing to Thor Hushovd in 2009 means Cavendish will be looking over his shoulder in the Alps this week, where he expects rivals to try to gain bonus points to close the gap.

Cavendish says "two years ago I thought I had the green jersey," but lost it when Hushovd "went on the attack in the mountains."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)




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