Congratulations to Sky and Cavendish. While most had stopped caring about their mating dance long before Worlds, they had a few more sequals in the bag that rival Police Academy 34 and 35 for worst scripts ever.
Cav may have a new agent looking for new money based on a new rainbow jersey, the problem with threatening not to sign is that you need to have new alternatives. With all teams full or out of money, there aren’t many believable alternatives.
Furthermore, if his new agents have any brains, they will know that Cav riding for Sky is a gold mine. Cav riding for Quickstep is, well, something funny related to wood (given that Quickstep makes floorboards) – Please send in your favorite expressions with wood that could make this paragraph a lot more hilarious.
I just realized Cavendish is an anagram for “dive ‘n cash”. Actually, there are much, much worse anagrams to be made with his name, but I digress.
Cav also faces the problem I’d like to call “a mild form of cycling conflict of interest” (meaning we’ve seen much worse). The guy who wants to sign him for Sky is also the guy who has to select him for the Olympics next year. Isn’t that swell. Now before you think Sky could use that as leverage, threats of non-selection for the national team may work with the minions but of course it doesn’t work with Cav.
Punishing Cav for not signing with Sky by not selecting him for London 2012 is the sort of sports official harakiri nobody has the stomach for. The whole nation expects a Cavendish Gold, British Cycling funding is based on Olympic medals won, and now that the course has been tailor-made for Cavendish, they have no choice but to take him there and work their asses off for his victory.
So neither side has real leverage, which made the stand-off rather funny. So maybe Sky threw in a few extra bucks, everybody kissed and made up and can we please, Please, PLEASE get that friggin press release about the Cav signing now?
By the way, no need to feel sorry for Sky, after all that’s the team that made offers to riders still under contract with other teams and in general broke all the rules in the book. Without punishment of course.
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