Brailsford eyes up Cavendish…or does he?

Team Sky boss sings Cav’s praises, but is he going to sign him?

by Martin Thomas   August 1, 2010  

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According to the Daily Mail, Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford wants to sign Mark Cavendish to Team Sky.

The Mail quotes Brailsford, “Who wouldn’t want Cav? He’s one of the biggest names in the sport, if not the biggest. He has an X Factor few have. He speaks his mind and he has huge lows and highs. But he always ends up smiling, the guy is a born winner and cycling’s very happy to have him.

“…We could devote our energies to someone like Cav in the sprints and then switch priorities back to Brad when we hit the mountains, where Cav just has to finish the stages.”

Whether this means Brailsford will make a move to sign Cavendish is anyone’s guess, of course. Cavendish has a year left on his HTC-Columbia contract but that didn’t stop them signing Bradley Wiggins from Garmin.

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Why would Cav want to leave a team entirely dedicated to him?

posted by wild man [279 posts]
1st August 2010 - 12:10

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Cause Sky did such a good job setting up Boassen Hagen didn't they.

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posted by abudhabiChris [517 posts]
1st August 2010 - 13:18

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Then Boassen Hagen would throw it away by riding on the barriers....

posted by martyntr [107 posts]
1st August 2010 - 15:20

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When you have money to throw around , why not buy out Cav's contract? Of course you will need other riders to form the leadout but they are not as expensive!

Could be that the german will be happy to step into Cav's shoes and may even get a pay hike into the bargain.

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posted by skippy [383 posts]
1st August 2010 - 17:50

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Hang about, didn't Brad say when he went to Millar's team, Garmin, it was because he did not want to be just Cav's lead out man.

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posted by antonio [950 posts]
1st August 2010 - 18:31

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Cav could always switch teams and still use the HTC train, he was practicing hopping another team's leadout at the end of the tour i noticed Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7323 posts]
1st August 2010 - 21:36

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please don't let skys money let this happen. Does Dave Brailsford know nothing about cycling?

you can't simply switch domestiques between stages. Granted cav proved that he doesn't need a leadout train in the last tour but he still needed men knackering themselves on the front all day to get the breakways back. These same guys are then going to be fat use in the mountains for brad.

Plus for some reason i don't want every single brit rider in the peleton bar millar racing for one team. lets spread us around.

posted by eddie11 [78 posts]
1st August 2010 - 22:41

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If it's in the Daily Mail it must be true.

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posted by The Good Shepherd [54 posts]
1st August 2010 - 22:48

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Reading the Daily Mail gives you cancer.

The Man In Black.

posted by gandberg [215 posts]
1st August 2010 - 23:52

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Cav would have to be monumentally insane to sign for Sky.

Smacks of desperation by Brailsford that they are under pressure to get a few wins already.

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posted by demoff [344 posts]
2nd August 2010 - 1:28

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I dislike Team Sky already this season - hope cav stays away from them Thinking

posted by crunch61 [31 posts]
2nd August 2010 - 10:46

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Wow, a Daily Facist piece about cycling which, despite being "published" a couple of days, still has no comments posted to it about bloody cyclists not paying road tax. What is the world coming to? Have they no pride in their work? I guess he is an athlete, so allowed to ride as long as he does so only on foreign roads, and checks there are no immigrants clinging to his frame when he crosses back over the English Channel (sorry Le Pond.) I'm sure their average reader would still huff and puff if stuck behind him while he is out training on the Isle of Man's roads.

posted by handlebarcam [527 posts]
2nd August 2010 - 13:01

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As all us "experts" know in this day it is virtually impossible to construct a TdF team that can support both green and yellow jersey contenders successfully. So I assume DB was either talking down to the general press or maybe playing mind games with someone. Or trying to. I suspect that the journalist has just strung together the parts of DBs responses that suited his/her needs or understanding.

While Sky probably does need some wins to justify it's budget it's stated aim is a Tour winner in 5 years. Cav could bring exposure through wins but rather like the US the man in the street only has a vague understanding of what the Yellow jersey means. A green jersey win would be of no general interest. Would lance be the superstar he is if he'd won 7 green jerseys competitions?

Plus unless there have been real problems in the HTC camp, and other than the Greipel situation there is no evidence of, I really don't think Sky would hae any pull for Cav. Thinking

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posted by bikeandy61 [390 posts]
2nd August 2010 - 21:36

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