Mark Cavendish will do all he can to aid Bradley Wiggins' bid for the Tour de France yellow jersey.
Cavendish and Team Sky are set to take a day-by-day approach towards the end of the Tour de France with the Olympics in mind, but the world champion is likely to be seen working as a domestique to aid Wiggins' bid for the yellow jersey.
Cavendish won the points classification's green jersey in 2011, but the Olympic road race on July 28, six days after the Tour concludes in Paris, is set to take priority this year.
The Tour goal for Team Sky is to help Wiggins become the first British winner and Cavendish is aiming to play his part when the race begins in Liege on Saturday.
Cavendish is aiming to complete the Tour as conditioning for the Olympics and is likely to be seen carrying bottles and protecting Wiggins in the final week to help his friend and team-mate to Tour glory.
Team Sky race coach Rod Ellingworth said: "If he (Cavendish) doesn't finish it's because we'll manage the fatigue going into the final week.
"As far as Mark's concerned, he's happy to do as much as he can for Brad.
"I think in that final week Cav would sacrifice sprint days to help Bradley win the yellow jersey.
"It's great to see him in Romandy (the Tour de Romandie, which Wiggins won) doing stuff like that and he's happy to do it."
Cavendish, who showed his team ethic while representing the Isle of Man at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, has won 20 stages in the last four Tours, but has already suggested he expects fewer successes this year.
His maillot vert win in 2011 was in part due to accumulating points at the intermediate sprints, but the green jersey is not on the agenda this year, with the 250-kilometre Olympic road race the target.
"I don't think anybody ever suggested that Cav was going to go for green this year," added Ellingworth, who has coached Cavendish since the 27-year-old joined British Cycling's academy.
"Cav's priority this year is the Olympics and he wasn't going to push massively for the green jersey.
"Of course he wants to win stages and he wants to be part of it, but the green jersey's not the big issue."
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Forget Euro 2012 and the over rated so called super stars of football, GB cycling has it all; 1. Proven world class talent in Brad and Cav to name but two, 2. A 'No hiding place' work ethic by top class cyclists, (if you don't put the work in you don't get the results and you can't hide), 3. An unprecedented team spirit and shared team principles of no one man is bigger than the team but the team races for the best all-round team member, 4. The ultimate sacrifice of personal glory for the team, Praise to must be given to the Team Sky management who has got the best pot of individual riders to work and ride as one unit, no prima Dona's or diva's just world class sportsmen acting like world class profesonals, football could learn a thing or two from this sport, I am really looking forward to the Tour De France and the Olympics, British cycling is going to show the world how it done,