Mark Cavendish remains bitter from this year’s Tour de France, where he won three stages and Sky team-mate Bradley Wiggins won the overall.

“The Sky company slogan says ‘Believe in better’ but in the end we didn’t really buy into that. We could have been better this year,” Cavendish told the Telegraph newspaper.

“It wasn’t a failure, and I was very proud to be part of a British yellow-jersey winning team with Brad, but it wasn’t the ultimate either. We didn’t achieve what I thought we were setting out to achieve at the start of the season.”

Cavendish annulled his Sky contract early to race for team Omega Pharma-QuickStep. He signed a three-year contract.

“It was a tough year, but I did the rainbow jersey proud, which was the most important thing for me. It was a thrill pulling it on every day in training and a thrill racing as much as I could to honour the jersey. Personally I feel I should have achieved more but I’m content.”

IOC deciding on Armstrong’s 2000 Olympic bronze medal

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said yesterday that it is considering whether to strip Lance Armstrong of his bronze medal won in the 2000 Olympics

It said in a statement, “The IOC will now immediately start the process concerning the involvement of Lance Armstrong, other riders and particularly their entourages with respect to the Olympic Games and their future involvement with the Games.”

Armstrong placed third in the Sydney Games individual time trial behind Russia’s Viatcheslav Ekimov and Germany’s Jan Ullrich.

South Park lampoons Armstrong

Animated sitcom, South Park pokes at Lance Armstrong and cycling’s doping scandal in its latest episode.

A synopsis of the 21-minute show: “Rocked by the recent news of drug use by a beloved icon, the world is left feeling lost and betrayed. The boys, join with the rest of the nation, and remove their yellow wristbands. Everyone is on board, except for Stan, who just can’t seem to cut off his bracelet.”

Watch the clip here (external website)

Wilier and Lampre split

Wilier and team Lampre are splitting on bad terms after nearly 10 years together. The Italian team annulled its Wilier contract a year early and agreed to with manufacture Merida to supply bikes and become the secondary sponsor.

“They kept putting off our request for a meeting,” Wilier owner, Andrea Gastaldello told Cycling Weekly. “[It’s] a bad ending. We’ve started to work with a lawyer to see how we can be compensated for 2013.”

The team will race as Lampre-Merida in 2013. This year’s secondary sponsor, Ukraine’s ISD is cutting back its involvement in the team.

Belgian cyclist dies in Burkina Faso

Gunther Cuylits died of a suspected heart attack on Sunday after racing the Tour du Faso.

The 37-year-old placed eighth overall and reportedly collapsed in a restaurant before travelling home. The Belgian leaves behind a wife and two children.

Riccò fights 12-year doping ban

Riccardo Riccò will be heard on December 11, announced the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday. The Italian cyclist is fighting a 12-year doping ban that the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) imposed in April.

The ban came after he nearly died and admitted to blood doping in the hospital. It was his second case after being busted for blood booster CERA in after winning two stages of the 2008 Tour de France.

  • Neil France

    Please lay off Cav! he has committed completely to the cause that’s led to an unprecedented series of successes for British Cycling this summer. It’s his attitude that has got GB the world champion jersey (not forgetting the other 8 guys) etc etc. I am 55 years old and have been supporting this minority sport for most of that time and it has never been more popular thanks to the efforts of these talented riders. Their efforts have made motorists more aware (even in Essex!)
    So lets celebrate their drug free wins and think of the positives they’ve brought to all of us who love cycling.

  • Philip Livingstone

    So glad that Cavendish is off to OPQS, what a whingeing so ‘n so. Team Sky will be glad to be rid of the Worlds best wheelsucker – too much of a diva to ever be a team player whereas Brad is talking of riding next year’s Tour as a super domestique to help Chris Froome.
    Cavendish was the same after the Beijing Olympics, “spoilt brat” more than “Boy Racer”.

  • Alan holms

    Really Cavindish needs to grow up.

  • William Hirst

    The link for the South Park episode only sends you to a site that for legal reasons cannot show you the rip take of Lance ******* **** Armstrong. There is a site called allsp that has all the South Park episodes including Scause for Applause available for streaming. Hope you enjoy, I laughed me ass off.

  • Proud to be British

    Does Cavendish ever stop whingeing? A lot of riders would give there back teeth ( and a few other bits) to be in his position. He knew the score when he signed to Sky. ” It wasn’t a failure, and I was very proud to be part of a British yellow – jersey winning team with Brad” B******s!!

    This should have been Britain’s Golden Year for cycling, but instead, because of a few tossers in the sport, we have nothing but paranoia and frustration. We even have Wiggins intimating in the press, if you believe some of the stories, that he wishes he did not win the Tour. All very sad.

  • gg/gg

    Looks like his ego is getting the better of him, have his toys have fallen out of the pram

  • Mike

    Ricco eh?????
    Just proving he is a complete idiot.