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"It has knocked my confidence, being sick, but I wouldn't be here if I didn't think that we could win."

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16.10.2016 @ 12:47 Posted by Joseph Doherty

2011 World Champion Mark Cavendish has said he was feeling more confident about the 2016 Worlds than he was going into Copenhagen five years ago. Now though, after a recent illness, he admits his confidence has taken a knock.

 

"It has affected my top-end power. Four days in bed and five or six days off training is less than ideal. Before I was ill, I had more confidence than I did going into Copenhagen with my form, and the strength that we have as a team," he told a handful of press, including Cyclingnews, on Friday evening.

 

"It has knocked my confidence, being sick, but I wouldn't be here if I didn't think that we could win. But I was pretty convinced that we had the best opportunity a few weeks ago. The form is ok, we've got to have a try, and I'm lucky that I've got the strongest team in the race."

 

Cavendish says he expects the wind to play a role, although he doesn’t think it will be full echelons and a really select group going to the line in Doha.

 

"I think [the wind] will play a factor. I don't think that it will create a small group going to the finish, but I think that it will create groups that will come back together. What group you're in may decide how fatigued you are in the final sprint."

 

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