Sky boss Dave Brailsford is keen to keep Bernhard Eisel on the team’s books even if the Austrian’s long-time teammate and confidant Mark Cavendish does leave at the end of this season.

Brailsford confirmed the two parties are currently in negotiations to extend Eisel’s existing two-year contract signed in 2011.

“I think he’s a very, very valuable rider for us so wherever possible we’ll look to renegotiate and extend his contract,” Brailsford told Cycling Weekly.

“He’s a strong rider. He’s got an opportunity in the classics, and as a team leader, as a road captain, he’s second to none. He’s the type of rider every ambitious team needs. I think next year looking towards the classics he’ll be given a big opportunity to show everybody what he can do.

“You’ll have to speak to Bernie but I think you’ll find that Bernie is happy here, he likes the team, he likes his role in the team and he’s a team Sky rider.”

Eisel followed Cavendish to the British-based squad following the demise of HTC-Highroad last year and there was consideration given to do so again. The duo have been close and loyal teammates since 2007.

The 31-year-old Eisel was an integral part of Sky’s Tour de France line-up. He, together with teammate Michael Rogers, was a valuable team leader and supported both Cavendish as well as race champion Bradley Wiggins.

Brailsford has openly stated general classification success will remain Sky’s primary goal going forward, which has led prolific Tour stage winner Cavendish to consider a departure just a season into a lucrative three-year deal. 

The world champion and his agent have met with Brailsford at the Tour of Britain, where he and Eisel are competing, to discuss his future with the outfit. It is understood no agreement has yet been reached.

Omega Pharma-Quick-Step has expressed an interest in obtaining Cavendish’s signature.


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  • Jo McDade

    First of all I completely agree with Paul G & Adam, Team sky, Dave Brailsford & Bradleys achievements this summer have raised the profile of cycling in Britain to prolific levels. Secondly it is Cav’,s choice to move and I am sure he does not regret his year with Sky in the slightest. Thirdly this article is focused on Sky wanting to keep Bernie, so lets hope that Bernie decides he wants to stay because Bernie Eisel truly is a phenominal addition to the team and it would be awful to loose Bernie and Cav in the next few weeks!

  • Paul G

    Wow.. A little under two months, and there are people slating Team Sky, and Wiggins. Never mind that we’ve had the best year ever for cycling in this country. If all you can think is the negative side, why not watch a different sport? I don’t get it.
    Adam… absolutely correct..

  • adam

    Cav knew the score when he signed for Sky, right? And he rode admirably in the role he knew he was going to do. He was, possibly for the only time in his career, riding on the winning TdF team – a pleasure he also acknowledged. After the Tour, Brailsford, Wiggins and Cav all admitted that it would probably be best for his own personal success if he left. Likewise, Froome signed up for supporting Wiggins. If he didn’t like that, he should’ve gone to another team… but he didn’t.
    What’s the problem here?
    Cav will leave (probably) for whatever financial arrangement they have to make. And people in the UK will be sad that Cav no longer rides for a British team, but will all equally understand why.
    I don’t see why people have to bitch about Wiggins and Brailsford in this context??? Let’s not forget who rode the final kms which won Cav the rainbow jersey – and who directed that performance. Both things Cav is well aware of and happily acknowledged.

  • Vicky R

    Sorry Brad, your a one off. Chris Froome was a better rider this year amd would have won but for Dave “I don’t know how to treat a world champion” Brailsford…. disgrace….Cav is better off with a team like quickstep-omega who’d know what to do with him rather than a team that have no chance of getting overall GC at the TDF
    once the big names come back again. Sorry sky but you don’t have a clue.

  • Jon

    What a disgrace sky are, treat the world champ like dirt, come on Dave dont kid yourself about overall GC in the TDF every year Bradley won it for one reason only……weakest line up in tour for years. Do you really think he’d stand a chance if all the favourites had ridden ???? Chris froome was dying to launch off the front but had to wait for Bradley, as a track cyclist he’s great but an all time GC rider, sorry, you got lucky this year amd next year you’ll be lucky for a top 3 finish Brad. One off winner….sorry