Mark Cavendish hints at Team Sky exit

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MARK Cavendish has given his strongest hint yet that he will leave Team Sky at the end of the season over his lack of support at the Tour de France, writes Richard Moore. The world champion said that he would seek a meeting this week with Dave Brailsford, the Sky team principal, and that he hoped for “an amicable solution”.

“I’ve read stuff [about leaving],” said Cavendish, “and I’ve seen that Dave has said I could leave, and Bradley [Wiggins] has said it, but I haven’t said anything. I haven’t spoken to Dave yet, but hopefully we can sit down in the next 48 hours and talk. It’s been hinted that I might not remain at Sky but I’ll need to talk to Dave.”

Cavendish explained that the idea sold to him by Brailsford “has not worked out,” adding that “it became apparent at the Tour that we can’t do everything”.

Cavendish joined Sky on a three-year contract, with the team aiming to win both yellow and green jerseys at the Tour. But Sky’s resources were dedicated entirely to helping Wiggins win overall and Cavendish cut a forlorn figure despite managing three stage wins.

He said: “We had an idea for a British super team, to win general classification, win stages, the green jersey; Dave sold me that idea last year, but for one reason or another it hasn’t worked out like that.

“I’ve got the ambition to win as many stages as I can, and I’d like to be somewhere I can do that.”