far too many Sky & July Fan bois on here man.tofino said:Once Mark wins the gold for Sky his real purpose at Sky will be gone. Bradley (mini Paul Weller in training) is the poster boy for Sky and he's easier to manage than Cav.
Deal will be done and announced after Olympics and we'll see if British soccer style "transfer fee" is actually announced. Mark might have to officially buy out his contract to keep the UCI happy but its a transfer fee by another name. I'd guess $5 million Euros.
You do realise he is riding for GB in the olympics? Not Sky?
Cav could and should retire the most succesful sprinter of all time, he will not acheive that with Sky due to their GC ambitions.
Yes hes had some good stuff this season, but he didnt hit MSR in the WC jersey he wanted, he won the GC of Ster ZLM Toer despite not winning a single stage and has won Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne.
At this years Tour he won on the Champs and won Stage 2 & 18. With a dedicated or more dedicated train, he could of had another 3 stages.
The Giro he won two stages and held the jersey for 10 stages IIRC?
He needs to move. The move was never going to work at all, Sky had too many GC aspirations. If Cav has a good team around him he can take the Maglia rosso passione and become one of the true greats alongside Abdoujaparov, Jalabert, Merckx and yes Petacchi.
At Sky he will go down as winning stages here and there, but he should be winning the overall of the GT's.