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Mark Cavendish signs for Team Sky

Mark Cavendish signs for Team Sky
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Cyclist Mark Cavendish ends speculation over his future by signing a deal with Team Sky.

Mark Cavendish has ended months of speculation regarding his future by signing a deal with Team Sky.

The 26-year-old had long been linked with a move to Sky as soon as it was announced that his team of four years, HTC-Highroad, would be disbanding after being unable to find a new sponsor.

"Mark is the greatest sprinter of his generation and is well on his way to becoming the greatest of all time," said Team Sky's principal Dave Brailsford. "He is a rider of exceptional talent who has proved his pedigree at the very highest level of our sport.

"Mark is a born winner and what excites me most is the attitude he brings to all the teams he rides for. We want to inspire more fans to get into cycling and I can think of no one better to help us do that.

"We are delighted that the new world champion will be riding for Team Sky next season."

Cavendish's decision sees him link up with British national teammates Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Steve Cummings.

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