HTC-Highroad or Team Sky? Mark Cavendish has decided his destination for 2012, even if he is unwilling it to reveal whether he’s staying or going.
“I’ve decided, I decided on Saturday,” Cavendish told BBC Radio 5 Live this morning. “I’m 100% behind my decision, you know when something is right.”
Money and nationality irrelevant
Beforehand, the Tour de France green jersey winner batted away questions that hinted national sympathies would link him to Team Sky.
“At the end of the day, I’m in a lucky position,” he said. “I don’t need to get on a team because of my nationality, it’s irrelevant.”
“It’s not about the money. I have a value, I’ll get the same money whichever team I’ll go to go. I want to go the best place that will help me win –
that might be the same team I’m at now, I can’t say.”
As things stand, Cavendish’s HTC-Highroad team remains without a primary backer for 2012, and the Manxman is also out of contract.
There have been recent reports in the German media that HTC-Highroad team owner Bob
Stapleton is close to finding a new, monnied backer to take over his
However, Cavendish has long been linked to Team Sky. The Daily Mail reported in June that Cavendish would be joining the British squad.
Presenter Anita Anand did her best to coax the answer out of the Manxman, asking several times which team he would be riding for. Although the transfer season officially opened yesterday (August 1), Cavendish wasn’t giving away anything.
“How do you know I’m going to join another team?” he teased. “My decision will be made public in a few weeks time.”
Cav does the media circuit
After a week combining family time and post-Tour criteriums, Cavendish was
doing the rounds with respective media this morning, also appearing
on the BBC Breakfast show and the Today programme.
When asked about his “falling out” with Bradley Wiggins back at Athens 2008,
Cavendish was complimentary. “We didn’t speak for a while, but then
there’s still guys from that Olympic team I haven’t talked to.”
“Me and Brad are like brothers, we fall out sometimes – he just [recently] sent me a message asking how I was.”
Questioned whether he was currently Britain’s best sportsman, he replied: “It’s not
for me to decide, I’m not in it for that. I just want to ride my bike.”
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