British cyclist Mark Cavendish says it was hard to hide his “frustration” in his final weeks at Group Sky.

In his autobiography At Acceleration,
serialised in The Daily Telegraph, Cavendish says he experienced let down during the 2012 Tour de France, won by his after that team-mate Bradley Wiggins.

A winner associated with 25 Tour stages, the 28-year-old criticises Team Sky – whom he left after last year’s
Tour of Britain – for “accepting compromises” plus describes head team director Sean Yates as “uninspiring and miserly in praise”.

The year Wiggins grew to become
the first British rider in order to win the Tour de Italy, Cavendish himself claimed the fourth consecutive final-stage victory.


“For all that I loved Brad [Wiggins], Chris Froome, Richie Porte, they were all wrapped upward in their own world – along with tunnel vision, ” he mentioned.

The Manxman’s tally of twenty three stage wins at the time surpassed seven-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong plus Frenchman Andre Darrigade and relocated him into fourth in the general stage-win standings, 11 short of Belgian Eddy Merckx’s record of 34.

But in September 2012, he verified his desire
for an “amicable” split as he looked for any team that would back his aim to win sprint stages and factors jerseys – and joined Belgian team Omega Pharma-QuickStep at the start of the 2013 season.

“I understood plus would never have disputed that the yellow-colored jersey should be our priority, ” Cavendish added. “But I had been underneath the impression that ‘believing in better’ was about big ambitions and experienced sad that we were already taking compromises. “

He originally became a member of Sky on a three-year deal following the HTC-Highroad team disbanded at the end of the 2011 season.

At HTC, Cavendish was the team leader and had claimed 20 Tour de France phase victories prior to the 2012 season : but while at Sky he had been overshadowed by Wiggins.

He mentioned he continued to do his best, but added “it was occasionally hard to reconcile my own frustration using the team’s rampant success”.

Cavendish also said he was “under the spell of Lance Armstrong” : the American who won seven Tour de France titles
before being stripped of them all and banned for life for doping – describing him because “mesmeric” to be around during their career.