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NewsWire: Cav says Tour double is possible; Gesink to California; Voeckler in Africa

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Cav: ‘Tour double possible’ — Sky Sports

The split leadership at the Tour de France between Mark Cavendish, in search of stage wins and the green jersey, and Bradley Wiggins, on the hunt for yellow, won’t be an issue says the Manxman. Cavendish is confident that Team Sky can nab both yellow and green jerseys in July.

The green/yellow double within the same team hasn’t occurred in over 15 years, and only three teams have pulled it off since the re-introduction of trade teams in 1969.

“It is not an easy task at all but it is definitely possible,” Cavendish said. “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.”

Tuesday’s Tour of Romandie will mark the first time Cavendish and Wiggins toe the same start line as Sky teammates.

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Robert Gesink to Tour of California — De Telegraaf

Following a Tour of the Basque Country cut short by illness, Rabobank has added the Tour of California to Robert Gesink’s schedule. The former best young rider will head to the United States on May 1, training in the Lake Tahoe area until the start of the race.

“Robert needs more race days… it is important in the run-up to the Tour de France,” said Rabobank’s Louis Delahaije.

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Voeckler, from one world to another — L’Équipe

Thomas Voeckler took little time to ponder his fourth place at Sunday’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège, hopping on a plane Monday morning to Africa, with the intention of racing the Tropical Amissa Bongo race in Gabon.

Voeckler, who spent much of his early childhood in Africa, is using the time to clear his head.

“And for that, there is no better place than Gabon,” he said. “Far from the pressure, I can recharge my batteries.” He made the same trip two years ago, calling it a “memorable experience that marked me a lot.”

“I’m not here for (vacation, though). It’s a competition we must take seriously,” he added.

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