Mark Cavendish admits Team Sky career may be over

 

Mark Cavendish says his win on the final stage of the Tour of Britain may be his last ride for Team Sky.

"It's possible, I don't know yet," he told BBC Sport's Dan Roan. "I'll concentrate on the World Championships next week and then see."

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It's like a long-distance relationship with a girl. Everything is great but you live apart and it can't work out

Mark Cavendish

Cavendish, 27, has said he wants an "amicable split" with Team Sky.

They admit their focus is on general classification success, whereas Cavendish, the world's best sprinter, is targeting individual stage wins.

Sky team principal Dave Brailsford understands Cavendish's desire to leave, but the team expect compensation for the two unfulfilled years remaining on the Manxman's contract.

"I hope that is just a bit of speculation and everything can work out amicably," said Cavendish before the start of the Tour of Britain.

"I have seen some stuff about a release fee, but I don't think Dave would do that. I have known him since I was 14 years old.

"He has seen me grow my career and I have seen him grow his and construct the most successful team in cycling."

Cavendish signed a three-year deal with Team Sky in October 2011 and won three stages at the 2012 Tour de France.

Brailsford explains Cavendish talks (10 September)

Those wins took him to fourth on the all-time list of stage wins in the race on a total of 23 victories.

But both parties now feel a parting of the ways would be beneficial.

"Dave sold me the idea last year, but, for some reason, it hasn't worked out like that. It's difficult to do," added Cavendish.

"It's like a long-distance relationship with a girl. Everything is great, but you live apart and it can't work out.

"But you want to be friends and you would rather the best thing happens so that everything can remain good and that you can stay close.

"I've been very happy at Sky. I don't want to compromise Sky and hopefully Sky won't compromise me."

Cavendish will attempt to defend his road race title at this week's World Championships in the Netherlands.

Six of his eight Great Britain team-mates for the event on 23 September are fellow Team Sky riders.