British sprint star Mark Cavendish has responded to claims that he’ll be moving to Team Sky next season.

Although not denying the story that appeared in today’s Daily Mail, Cavendish tweeted:

“As always, I can’t go 1 race without some sort of shit going on. At least it’s not a crash this time! I will say I’m committed… @HTCHighroad until the end of this year, and I’m concetrating [sic] now on #TourDeFrance. Also, please note, all quotes are 9 months old.”

The Daily Mail reported that Cavendish will move to Sky in a deal worth £1.5 million.

Team Sky refused to comment on the story and the newspaper offers little other detail on the specifics of the deal.

On Wednesday, Cycling Weekly tried to contact HTC-Highroad team manager Bob Stapleton with regards to retaining Cavendish. He is yet to have responded to our request.

Stapleton’s team is understood to be currently looking for sponsors. Cavendish publicly criticised the lack of goodwill shown by the team when he was at the Commonwealth Games last year. 

It is understood that BMC has also been interested in signing Cavendish.

Under UCI rules, teams and riders are not supposed to comment on transfer deals until August 1.

Mark Cavendish: Major wins
2011
Tour of Oman; stage six
Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen
Giro d’Italia; stage 10
Giro d’Italia; stage 12

2010
Tour of Catalonia; stage two
Tour de Romandie; stage two
Tour of California; stage one
Tour de France; stage five
Tour de France; stage six
Tour de France; stage 11
Tour de France; stage 18
Tour de France; stage 20
Vuelta a Espana; stage 12
Vuelta a Espana; stage 13
Vuelta a Espana; stage 18
Vuelta a Espana; points classification

2009
Tour de France; stage two
Tour de France; stage three
Tour de France; stage 10
Tour de France, stage 11
Tour de France; stage 19
Tour de France; stage 21
Giro d’Italia; stage one (TTT)
Giro d’Italia; stage nine
Giro d’Italia; stage 11
Giro d’Italia; stage 13
Tour of Switzerland; stage three
Tour of Switzerland; stage six
Tour of Romandie; stage three (TTT)
Tirreno-Adriatico; stage seven
Three Days of De Panne; stage two
Three Days of De Panne; stage three (a)
Three Days of De Panne; points classification
Tour of California; stage five
Tour of California; stage four
Tour of California; sprint classification
Tour of Missouri; stage one
Tour of Missouri; stage two
Tour of Ireland; stage two
Tour of Qatar; stage four
Tour of Qatar; stage six
Milan-San Remo
Sparkasse Giro

2008
Tour de France; stage five
Tour de France; stage eight
Tour de France; stage 12
Tour de France; stage 13
Giro d’Italia; stage four
Giro d’Italia; stage 13
Tour of Romandy; prologue
Three Days of de Panne; stage two
Three Days of de Panne; stage three (a)
Ster Elektrotoer; stage five
Tour of Ireland; stage one
Tour of Ireland; stage two
Tour of Ireland; stage three
Tour of Missouri; stage one
Tour of Missouri; stage two
Tour of Missouri; stage six
Tour of Missouri; points jersey
Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen
World Madison Champion

2007
Tour of Catalonia; stage two
Tour of Catalonia; stage six
Tour of Catalonia; points jersey
ENECO Tour; stage two
ENECO Tour; points jersey
Four Days of Dunkirk; stage three
Four Days of Dunkirk; stage six
Four Days of Dunkrik; points jersey
Ster Elektrotoer; stage four
Circuit Franco Belge; stage three
Tour of Britain; stage one
Tour of Britain; stage two
Tour of Britain; points classification
Tour of Britain; sprints classification
Tour of Denmark; stage six
Tour of Denmark; points jersey
Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen

2006
Tour of Britain; points jersey
Thuringen Rhundfahrt; stage five
Tour of Berlin; stage four
Tour of Berlin; stage five
Course de la Solidarité Olympique
Commonwealth scratch race champion

2005
Tour of Berlin; stage one
World Madison champion

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  • RichardH

    Pete Goodall:

    You”ll be needing a new satellite provider post-Sky, thus Virgin Media.

    And IG Index are Team Sky’s new co-sponsor and the source of the the funding for Cav.

  • ed

    whys he moving cos sky dont understand bike racing, just lie abramovich doesnt understand football, its not all about throwing more money around than everyone else

  • peter goodall

    jeff,he needs lessons in pr for a start,just because he can finish fast doesn’t mean he can get away with being a load-mouth.When he wins you can’t shut him up,when he’s beaten you can’t find him!You’ll see his helmet though!!!!!!!!
    richard,can you explain “virgin media” please!we’re not all in the know!ie IG are paying/done deal!!!!

  • Guy E.

    …signed and sealed.

  • Ken Evans

    “The Daily Mail reported that Cavendish will move to Sky
    in a deal worth £1.5 million”

    He may be worth more than £1.5M a year,
    compared to the recent deals of Contador, Cancellera, etc.

  • jeff

    Peter Goodall – Why?

  • RichardH

    Mr Goodall. Start checking out Virgin Media then.

    Cav’s going there. IG Index are paying. It’s a done deal.

  • peter goodall

    If Cavendish moves to Sky i for one will not be renewing my Sky subscription!

  • O

    Appalling article. Zero substance, stooping to the level of the Mail just to get page clicks.

    “Under UCI rules, team and riders are not supposed to comment on transfer deals until August 1.”

    So we’re happy to wait until then. Treat your readers with a bit more respect and report on facts not gossip.