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British champ Peter Kennaugh may seek move from Team Sky

Manx rider's manager has been talking to other outfits - but no decision until after Tour de France...

British national road champion Peter Kennaugh says he may leave Team Sky when his contract finishes at the end of the season, and that his manager has approached him about other teams he could potentially join in 2016.

Kennaugh, currently riding at the Amgen Tour of California, told Cycling News: "I’ve been talking to a few teams, but ultimately it’s just where it’s best for me to go.

“I’ve just got to decide what the future holds for me also, you know, what I want to do, if I want different goals and different objectives.”

The 25-year-old from the Isle of Man, who helped Team GB win gold in the team pursuit at London 2012, turned professional with Sky when it made its debut in 2010.

He was one of the outfit’s key support riders for Chris Froome when he won the Tour de France in 2013 and also rode for him at last year’s Vuelta, where Froome finished second overall. He has also acted as a climbing domestique in other, shorter stage races.

Last year, he took the overall wins at the Settimana Internazionale di Coppi e Bartali and the Tour of Austria, as well as winning the national road championship, and as he heads into his late 20s, his thoughts may well be turning towards playing more of a leadership role himself in bigger races.

“I’ve been doing sort of a similar thing for the last couple of years now on Team Sky since I focused on the road after the track since 2013.

“Ultimately it’s going to come down to my decision, where I see myself for the next few years and what sort of motivates me as well.”

But he added, “Nothing’s been decided yet,” and that while his manager had spoken to him about other teams, he wouldn’t be thinking about next season until after the Tour de France, which ends in Paris on Sunday 25 July.

The transfer window opens the following week on 1 August and runs until 20 October.

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