Don't award Mark Cavendish the gold medal in the Olympic road race just yet.
The sprinter from the Isle of Man will be carrying the weight of the home nation when he toes the starting line Saturday morning on the Mall outside Buckingham Palace, but many riders are picking Slovakian sensation Peter Sagan to upstage the British star.
''He's the biggest talent I've ever seen,'' American sprinter Tyler Farrar said Friday.
Farrar's teammate, 40-year-old Chris Horner, thinks the 155-mile road course and its nine circuits of the punchy Box Hill climb in the Surrey countryside could be too much for Cavendish, who prefers flatter courses with straightaway finishes.
Horner thinks Sagan, who has shown the ability to easily handle more moderate climbs, is the rider to beat after his revelatory rides in the Tour of California and the Tour de France.
''He's probably the biggest threat to Cavendish,'' Horner said. ''He's going to destroy the field up the climb at some point. I don't think he ...