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Cavendish to leave Team Sky

2012-10-18 16:06

Paris - Mark Cavendish is to leave Team Sky for Belgian team Omeda Pharma-Quickstep, the British cycling outfit announced on Thursday.

The 27-year-old, who has won 23 stages on the Tour de France and was the 2011 world road race champion, expressed a desire to move on 12 months into a three-year contract, believing Team Sky's stated ambitions and his own no longer matched.

Earlier this week Cavendish was preparing for a second season with Team Sky after protracted talks over an early termination broke down, but now the Isle of Man native will get his wish to move on.

A statement on www.teamsky.com read: "Mark Cavendish is to leave Team Sky to join Belgian team Omega Pharma-QuickStep ahead of the 2013 season."

AFP

Comments
  • conor.osullivan2304 - 2012-10-19 04:21

    Wonder if that has anything to do with the agreement they wanted all members of the Sky team to sign stating that they had never been involved with any form of doping....

      johan.blertsie.cilliers - 2012-10-19 10:03

      You don't follow cycling do you? Team Sky is aiming for GC at all tours, that is not ideal if you are a sprinter. At Omega Pharma he'll have someone like Tom Boonen backing him up

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