Cav confident of Tour double
Mark Cavendish is confident Team Sky can make cycling history at the Tour de France by winning a yellow and green jersey double.
Cavendish, who has won 20 Tour stages, became the first British cyclist to win the sprinters' green jersey in last year's race, before going on to claim the world road race title in Copenhagen.
While Cavendish looks to retain the maillot vert in July, his new team-mate at Sky Bradley Wiggins is aiming to become the first Briton to win the Tour's general classification.
The points-GC team double has only been achieved three times since the re-introduction of trade teams to the Tour de France in 1969, although they have all since been tainted by doping admissions.
Team Sky's Tour preparations step up a notch on Tuesday when Cavendish and Wiggins ride together for the first time in the 2012 Tour de Romandie.
Cavendish has no doubts that Team Sky can deliver success for both riders in the sport's biggest race this summer.
"This was the biggest growing team in the world - now it is the biggest team in the world," Cavendish said.
"Who would have thought you'd have a British team with British backers, with two British riders going for two of the biggest prizes in the sport. It's a pretty big thing, that.
"It is not an easy task at all but it is definitely possible. I wouldn't be at Team Sky if I didn't think it was possible.
"I want to be part of that team that makes history."
Cavendish returns to competition for the first time since his daughter, Delilah, was born on April 4 while Wiggins has been training at altitude.
Cavendish will attack the sprint stages but the race is very much a training exercise ahead of the Giro d'Italia, while for Wiggins it is a key part of his Tour build-up.
"We are like brothers. I am excited about racing with him," Cavendish said.
Wiggins, who will be up against the reigning Tour champion Cadel Evans, has started the season well and his victory in the Paris-Nice race was arguably the biggest of his career.
Cavendish has enjoyed a successful start to life at Team Sky and he insists his nightmare performance in the Milan-San Remo race was a freak one-off.
"I will never be able to explain what happened in Milan-San Remo. I was in the best form of my life. There was no bad luck," said Cavendish, who won the one-day classic in 2009.
"These things can happen. We are not machines.
"You can read in some magazines that I am on the way down because I didn't win Milan-San Remo again but nor did most other people.
"I have won a semi-classic, I have won four races. I think I am the most successful world champion since Tom Boonen was in 2005."