Bloomberg headquarters, London, UK. 19th June 2012
1. 00:00 Mark Cavendish walks into press conference area
2. 00:10 Wide shot of question and answer session
3. 00:15 Cutaway of audience
4. 00:21 SOUNDBITE: (English) Mark Cavendish, Team GB cyclist: "It doesn't matter. Anything where there's monetary gain - whether sport, whether it's business, whether it's entertainment, there's going to be people who cheat, there's going to be people that try to advance themselves through non-ethic(al) ways. Now the thing is, no matter what aspect, from any nation, from any age group it happens, and if any organisation or any whatever it is puts the time, the effort and the money into catching those cheats, they'll catch the cheats. Now cycling does that. It catches the cheats, so there's more positive cases. There's less now because everybody knows it's impossible. What cycling does, it wants a clean and fair sport, and i'll stick my neck on the line and say that other sports would sweep it under the carpet. The governing body (of other sports) would rather have it swept under the carpet, and not have the image or the franchise of the sport tainted. So you can actually say cycling is a cleaner sport."
5. 01:30 Side shot of Cavendish being interviewed
6. 01:39 SOUNDBITE: (English) Mark Cavendish, Team GB cyclist: "In terms of cycling the Olympics doesn't rank highly. It's not a prestigious event in road cycling. But for me, as a British athlete, as someone who is proud to put on the jersey that represents the flag I was born under, it's a big thing, especially in the home country. That's why I want to do that. But I do both (the Olympics and Tour de France) for different reasons. But I think it's doable to do both, absolutely."
7. 02:13 Side shot of Cavendish being interviewed
8. 02:22 SOUNDBITE: (English) Mark Cavendish, Team GB cyclist: (on his crash in the 2012 Giro) "Roberto Ferrari just cut across the road. He was on the left, and he just turned right across the whole peloton without regard for who was behind. There is one thing to want to win so much that you do that, but you can't put people's lives at risk. We're professional cyclist. Everyone's in the same boat. You can't people's lives at risk, it's not right. He did this, and his comments straight after, when they asked him, he said 'I can't see what happens behind me, so I don't care'. That's not the view I want in the peloton, or I think anybody else wants. We have families, we have a career, and for somebody to have that little regard for everyone else, that's not nice."
9. 03:13 Wide pan from audience to Cavendish
10. 03:23 SOUNDBITE: (English) Mark Cavendish, Team GB cyclist:(on whether Team Sky can win the yellow and green jerseys at the Tour de France) "Obviously I've always had a tem in the past that's always been dedicated to me. I haven't got that now. Bradley (Wiggins) has always had a team in the past that is dedicated to him. He hasn't got that now. So on both sides you're going to have guys that are going to be, not really 'jack of all trades', but they won't be specialists like they have been. It's got to be guys that can cross over between riding for a sprint and riding for mountains. So I don't have to do anything different, he (Wiggins) doesn't have to do anything different. It's the guys between that have to."
11. 03:58 Cavendish holding framed presentation of Isle of Man postage stamps
Mark Cavendish discusses the Olympics and Tour de France at London event.
Road race champion and 2011 Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish is adamant that cycling is cleaner than many other sports.
With Alberto Contador currently serving a ban and Lance Armstrong facing more doping allegations, cycling continues to suffer a reputation as a sport with a doping problem.
But Cavendish is convinced that the success of the testing regime is making it impossible for the sport's cheats to prosper.
At Tuesday's (19th June) Nolan Partners Sport Industry Breakfast Club talk in London, Cavendish also said he expects to be less dominant in the sprints next month after changing his training regimen and losing weight as part of his preparations for the Olympic Games.
The Olympic route features the Box Hill climb, which the peloton will tackle nine times on July 28, less than one week after the Tour ends on the Champs Elysees.
Many riders expect the race to be won or lost on Box Hill and Cavendish, who put the emphasis on improving his climbing abilities this season, is one of them.
Cavendish, a bookmakers' favourite for the gold medal in London, says he is not the pure sprinter he used to be anymore but hopes his improved endurance will help him to succeed on home soil.
To make sure he will be able to stay up front during the nine climbs of Box Hill, Cavendish, who joined Team Sky last season from the now defunct HTC outfit, changed his approach in training and has lost four kilos in weight.
Although he admits the Olympic road race has never been a pinnacle of cycling, Cavendish says competing in front of his home crowd will be a once in a lifetime moment.
Cavendish, who will also have to deal with his teammate Bradley Wiggins' own target of becoming the first Briton to bring the yellow jersey to the Champs Elysees, is conscious he will not get the support he used to receive in the past when riding in a team built to fulfil his sole ambitions.
Cavendish enjoyed spectacular results last season, winning his first best sprinter's green jersey on the Tour before claiming the world champion title.
Despite his assertion that he will struggle to win the green jersey this year, Cavendish is convinced his decision to compete in the Tour was the best one to take with regards to the Olympics, while some other prominent cycling figures like Tom Boonen of Belgium have decided to skip the race to fine tune their preparations for London.
Cavendish once again voiced his criticism of Roberto Ferrari's manoeuvre in this year's Giro d'Italia, which caused the Briton to crash at high speed. Cavendish suggested that such moves "put people's lives at risk."