Created On: 28 July 2012

He is the 'quiet man' of the Team GB Men's Road Race team but Ian Stannard is relishing his role in the bid to secure gold for Mark Cavendish today.

Stannard was the only member of the five-man line-up not to compete - and at least win a stage - in this year's Tour de France and therefore has the lowest profile. But he is national champion and his renowned 'engine' will be fundamental to Team GB hopes.
"I know what I'm here for, that's to support Cav and hopefully get him through to the finish and win that gold medal," Ian said. "We have got a very strong team haven't we? I mean we have got Cav who can definitely finish the job off. Then there are four of us who can really support him and do a great job for him."

"We're really looking forward to getting stuck in and doing that job and hopefully getting that first gold medal." A lot is expected of Mark Cavendish, already a world champion on the road, on the first day of the Games.

And Ian is taking heart from Cavendish's consistency, less than a week after the Manx rider claimed his fourth Champs Elysees win.
"It definitely gives you a lot of confidence and a clear goal within the race," Ian said. "You know if you get him there he is going to win."
"It's about you doing your job properly.
"There really is no 'if' or 'but' in your mind, you know he's going to finish it off."
"It makes it very clear and easy to give yourself to him."

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