Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/31/14
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Mark Cavendish spent the first three weeks of July carrying bottles for Bradley Wiggins, dedicating himself to the Londoner's ambition to win the Tour de France. The world champion's hard work paid off, and now it's his turn to take the limelight as an entire country is expecting the ''Manx Missile'' to win the first British gold medal of the London Olympics. Cavendish, the world's fastest sprinter, has spent the last 12 months training for Saturday's 155-mile Olympic road race, which passes some of London's most iconic landmarks and - more important to the riders - features the tricky Box Hill climb in Surrey that the peloton will tackle nine times. If he remains in contention after the last climb, about 25 miles from a pancake-flat finish, the 27-year-old sprinter has got all it takes to win the final sprint down the Mall. ''I know if I make it to the sprint I'm the fastest rider in the world, but I'm not the fastest climber in the world,'' Cavendish said. ''I'm confident abou...
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