Sky to release Cavendish for free

Guildford Gazette award to Mark Cavendish, Tour of Britain 2012, stage eight

Mark Cavendish has apparently negotiated a free release from a three-year contract with Sky that will allow him to find a new team for next season.

Cycling Weekly understands the sprinter has avoided the team's initial demand of a seven-figure buy-out and his exit is set to be finalised in writing by the end of this week.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.