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Going green Mark's dream.

MARK CAVENDISH will bid for the green jersey as a thrilling Tour de France comes to a conclusion this weekend.

The HTC-Columbia sprinter, who won yesterday's 198-km 18th stage from Salies-de-Bearn to Bordeaux for his fourth victory of the 2010 Tour, will tomorrow aim to win on the Champs Elysees in Paris and hope his rivals for the points classification's maillot vert falter.

"I'll try and win on the Champs Elysees and that's all I can do," said Cavendish, who yesterday celebrated the 14th Tour win of his career.

"I'll never say never when it comes to the green jersey, but I lost it in the first week. It hasn't really been my aim.

"I like to win bike races. I've always said, 'if I win the green jersey by winning races, that'll do'.

"We'll try and win again in Paris and see what happens."

Cavendish has 197 points, Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) 203, while Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-Farnese) is currently in possession of the maillot vert with 213.

If Cavendish claims the 35 points awarded to the winner of tomorrow's stage, Hushovd finishes no higher than third and Petacchi eighth or lower, the green jersey would be the Briton's.

If Cavendish wins, Hushovd finishes no higher than third and Petacchi finishes seventh, the Briton would claim the maillot vert courtesy of a superior number of stage wins.

Prior to the battle of the sprinters, the duel for the race leader's yellow jersey is set to come to a conclusion on today's 52km time-trial from Bordeaux to Pauillac.

After 19 days of racing from the prologue in Rotterdam through the Alps and Pyrenees, Alberto Contador (Astana) holds an eight-second lead over Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank).
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Jul 24, 2010
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