Bradley Wiggins confirms Mark Cavendish is leaving Etixx-Quickstep

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Sir Bradley Wiggins has inadvertently let slip that Mark Cavendish is set to switch teams at the end of the season.

The Manxman is yet to sign a new contract with his team Etixx-Quickstep and rumours have been rife that he is set to leave the Belgian outfit.

However, this is the first time that it has been openly stated that Cavendish will be moving teams. South African team MTN-Qhubeka, who recently won stages of the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, are favourites to sign Cavendish, but there are rumours that American team Trek Factory Racing are also interested.


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Cavendish and Wiggins are good friends having spent many years racing together on the British Cycling track team, the Great Britain road racing team and at Team Sky.

The Tour de France winner was speaking about his plans in the run-up to Rio 2016 after the first stage of the Tour of Britain.

He said, according to Sky Sports: "Depending on what his programme is, there is a chance we might ride the worlds together next year in London in the Madison, which would be nice. We will see how it goes. Obviously, he is changing teams and stuff, so we will see how it all pans out."

The plan for Rio

Wiggins will ride in the team pursuit at Rio whilst Cavendish is aiming to ride in the omnium event. However, the pair will race together in the Madison event at the 2016 World Championships, the same event which they failed to win a medal in at the 2008 Olympics.

In the meantime, Wiggins is riding with his own squad Team Wiggins on the Tour of Britain.

Young Briton Owain Doull has so far achieved two impressive top ten finishes for Team Wiggins among some of the world's best sprinters, and the team hopes to perform well in the remaining stages throughout the week.

The Tour of Britain has stage finishes in Blyth (Northumberland), Hartside Fell (Cumbria), Nottingham and Ipswich this week before finishing in London on Sunday 13 September.

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