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I don't usually follow the Tour de France, but this year it's different, and all because of Mark Cavendish.

Cav has been absolutely fantastic. He's not just been beating his rivals, he's been demolishing them.

When you're a sprinter, you expect to win by half a wheel length, or a bike length at most. Cav's been winning stages by two or three bike lengths.

He wants to finish the Tour now and I hope he does. It's perfect training for him for the Olympics - to have a really hard block of training followed by a couple of weeks of taking it easy.

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Do that and your body always rebounds beautifully. It's ideal timing.

I'm also a big believer in morale. If you're feeling confident, feeling good about your riding, you can surprise people with what you can do. I can't wait to see Cav team up with Bradley Wiggins in the madison out in Beijing.

What else has been going on since my last blog?

I went down to Birmingham to pick up all my Team GB kit - you wouldn't believe how much stuff there is.

There's tracksuits, toiletries, wash-bags, cufflinks, formal shoes, suits, even a camcorder.

We've got different outfits for the opening and closing ceremonies, with the former looking a bit like an ice-cream salesman's jacket. I'm sure it will look good in a big group.

We've even got Team GB underpants, although since we've all got the same kit I might have to stick a little CHRIS HOY nametag into the waistband, as if I were five years old, so that mine don't get confused with my team-mates'.

At the moment I'm out in Germany, racing for the last time before Beijing. It'll be great to get some race sharpness into my legs.

I'm out here with my coach Jan, who also doubles as my mechanic, travel agent and all-round help. I've got the easiest job as a cyclist - all I have to worry about is the racing.

I'm starting to feel part of the overall British Olympic team now too.

I've been keeping an eye out at the selection announcements for the other sports, and I'm looking forward to seeing my mates from previous Games, like Gregor Tait from the swimming squad and our badminton silver medallists Gail and Nathan.

Of the other events in Beijing, there are two I'm looking forward to watching the most - the weightlifting and the 100m on the track.

I have to do a lot of squats and cleans in the gym as part of my preparation, so I have a little idea of what it's like for the weightlifters, and to see these guys shifting those enormous weights around is awesome.

As for the 100m, well, it's the closest athletics event to what I do, all power and speed.

I'd love to compete in front of 80,000 or 90,000 fans but unfortunately I'm one of the worst runners in the world. In theory it seems similar to what I do, but I'm terrible - I've got the least attractive running style you'll ever see.

I did it on Superstars a few years back and almost fell over. It was that bad....

Chris Hoy is a British track cyclist with four Olympic gold medals to his name. Our FAQs should answer any questions you have.


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  • 1. At 9:11pm on 19 Jul 2008, stevedaytona wrote:

    I would also like to see Cavendish stay in the TdF and get to Paris.

    He would have a fantastic chance of being first over the line on the Champs Elysee!

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  • 2. At 07:30am on 20 Jul 2008, halfkiwihalfpom wrote:

    Although I'm not a big fan of cycling, I have read a couple these blogs and found them thoroughly interesting.

    Mark Cavendish appears to be exactly what the Tour de France needs after scandal after scandal.

    Is mark cavendish competing for GB at the olympics?

    Keep up the good work mr hoy, and best of luck in beijing

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  • 3. At 12:44pm on 20 Jul 2008, whatsoccurin wrote:

    Why hasn't Cav been picked for the road race team as well as the Madison ?

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  • 4. At 1:10pm on 20 Jul 2008, cesarvillapando wrote:

    Poster 3, my guess would be that the course is going to be too hilly. All of Cav's wins have come on pan-flat stages of the Tours of France and Italy. As soon as there's hills he gets left behind by people who specialise in climbing. I suppose the equivalent is if there was only one athletics race and it was over 1500m, there'd be little point putting sprinters in it.

    Chris - if you're reading this, the Track cycling is going to be my highlight of the games, the sight of you guys rocketing round the boards is truly amazing! Best of luck to all of you!

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  • 5. At 10:03pm on 20 Jul 2008, whatsoccurin wrote:

    Poster 4,

    Aah, but I guess we'll get to pick the course for London 2012 !

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