Cavendish leaving Sky due to unequal treatment, Flecha says

Sports director De Jongh compares situation to unhappy marriage

Mark Cavendish is tipped to leave Sky at the end of this season

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Mark Cavendish is leaving Team Sky because he was not treated on a par with Bradley Wiggins, according to Sky teammate Juan Antonio Flecha and sport director Steven de Jongh. “Sky treated him as a great rider, but not the boss,” Flecha said.

“Bradley has always been the big boss with us. Mark expected maybe the same treatment as Bradley got, he asked for it. Sky treated him as a great rider, but not the boss,” Flecha, who is also leaving Sky, told

“The boss is Bradley, since Sky’s main goal is always winning the Tour de France and that is why Mark is lower on the ladder than Bradley.”

De Jongh was sorry to see the former world champion leave, but found it inevitable. “I think both sides are not entirely happy,” he said. “It did not turn out as we had hoped. It’s not a happy marriage.”


The most persistent rumours have Cavendish moving to Omega Pharma-QuickStep, but no announcements have yet been made.