Omega Pharma make changes to provide Mark Cavendish with effective lead-out train

Mark Cavendish, Three Days of De Panne 2013, stage one

Omega Pharma-QuickStep will make changes to better support Mark Cavendish, according to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. Team boss, Patrick Lefevere said that the team needs to get serious ahead of the Grand Tours and that some riders will be let go at year-end.

The news comes after the Scheldeprijs flop on Wednesday. Cavendish went in a hot favourite after winning three times, but left with his tail between his legs. He told journalists including Cycling Weekly after the race, "Once again I was left alone in the final ... [I'm] disappointed."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.