Cav must leave Sky, says Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins has conceded team-mate Mark Cavendish needs to leave Team Sky to further his career.

Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford confirmed last month that the world road race champion, who has just over two years left on his contract,

can move on.

Sky are prioritising general classification (GC) wins, making it far harder to support sprinter Cavendish.

“I understand why he has to [leave]. From a selfish point of view I’d love him to stay,” Wiggins said.

“I enjoy his company but I understand why he has to leave.

“To see Mark on the Tour winning five or six stages, challenging for the green jersey – he probably has to go.”

Cavendish, 27, and the

green jersey winner at the 2011 Tour de France,

left HTC-Highroad and

joined Team Sky

for the 2012 season.

He took his overall tally for stage wins to 23 in this year’s Tour de France, placing him fourth on the all-time list, but his tally of three stage wins was his lowest since his abortive Tour debut in 2007.

Brailsford has made it clear that Sky are targeting sustained GC success in the three grand tours – the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana.

That means that, as at this year’s Tour, they will not often be able to devote team resources to help lead out Cavendish.

The Isle of Man rider has likened his role in Wiggins’s 2012 Tour victory to

playing striker Wayne Rooney in defence.

Wiggins added: “Sky have set a precedent now, if we’re going to dominate cycling and try to win all three grand tours.

“I suppose we have to start building towards the GC and unfortunately for Mark, as we saw in the Tour, the two don’t really go well together.”


will return to competitive action

in the Tour of Britain next month after taking

gold in the Olympic time-trial.

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