Bettor.com reports that Omega Pharma-Lotto manager Patrick Lefevere revealed an interesting nugget of information, reinforcing hopes that UCI World Road Champion will be riding with Team Sky in the next season despite contrary rumours.
"This season I have not yet exchanged three words with Cavendish," he told them. "I have negotiated with his friend and teammate Bernhard Eisel. He was quite clear to me and said: 'Sorry, but Mark needs to go to Sky for many reasons and I am going along. We have now been signed.' So, to my knowledge Cavendish is no longer free."
The website also says that in addition to Cav's preference for Specialized bikes over the Pinarellos that Sky are contracted to ride for a three year period there have been problems with sponsors: the Manx sprinter is personally sponsored by Nike, whereas Sky are sponsored by Adidas. As the two sports equipment firms directly compete with one another, he would almost certainly lose Nike's support upon joining Sky.