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Cavendish: 'Team Sky broke green jersey promise'

Cavendish: 'Team Sky broke promise'
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Mark Cavendish says that Team Sky could have won yellow and green jerseys at the 2012 Tour de France.

Mark Cavendish has said that Team Sky broke a promise to help him defend his Tour de France green jersey.

The 2011 world champion acted as a support rider to Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour.

Cavendish told The Telegraph: "Sky should have taken both jerseys. We could have done that without any risk or detriment to the yellow jersey. It's frustrating.

"It was [when Juan Antonio Flecha was dropped from the Tour de France squad], on the eve of the Tour, that I realised the promise I had signed to Sky on wasn't really a promise.

"I was a back-up rider. At the end of the day we weren't going for the two jerseys at all."

The sprint specialist is moving to Omega Pharma-Quickstep next year after just one season at Team Sky.

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