Mark Cavendish and other top British riders are likely to use next year's Tour de France as part of their training for the London Olympics, Team GB cycling leader Dave Brailsford said. Brailsford made it clear, however, that the 2012 Games were the top priority.
"Arguably the best preparation is to ride the Tour de France, come out of that and then into London," Brailsford, who is also manager of Team Sky in the current Tour told reporters.
"So it could well be that we see quite a number of British riders riding the Tour de France in preparation for the Olympics." Cavendish has a chance to win Britain's first gold next year with the men's road race on the opening weekend of the Games.