Mark Cavendish decided on team for 2012

Mark Cavendish says he has decided which team he will be with in 2012 - but is refusing to reveal their identity for a few weeks.

Cavendish's contract with HTC-Highroad - with whom he won the green jersey at the Tour de France last month - expires at the end of the year.

There has been speculation linking the 26-year-old with Team Sky.

But he would only tell BBC 5 live he made his decision last weekend, saying: "I'm 100% happy in my decision."

He added: "I had one of those feelings. There was one more ingredient put into an offer I'd had."

Cavendish denied that his decision was a financial one, saying that he would "get the same money whichever team I go to."

"I want to go to the best place to help me win," he explained. "That might be the same place I am at now."

The issue has been heightened by the opening of the transfer period. Under International Cycling Union rules, teams can only recruit riders between 1 August and 31 December.

Cavendish also has high hopes for September's World Championships in Copenhagen, where he is tipped as favourite on a course that will favour sprinters.

He said: "I think with the team I have and the course it is the best chance of my career to win the worlds.

"It is not pan-flat, but it is flat. It is a technical circuit so we have to stay at the front quite a lot.

"We can go with a strong team and be the favourites to win."

Before he heads to Denmark, Cavendish will compete in the London Surrey cycle classic - a 140km test event for next year's Olympics.

Cavendish will race for the GB team at the event on 14 August, while Edvald Boasson Hagen - winner of two stages of this year's Tour for Team Sky - will be taking part for Norway.

Cavendish is likely to take part in the road race at London 2012, but the scheduling means he will have just one week to prepare after the end of the Tour de France.

He said: "In the history of road cycling the Olympics is a big thing but not the biggest.

"As a professional cyclist, it can't come at the forefront.

"But as a British person the Olympics is a massive thing and at a personal level it comes at the forefront for me.

"I am contracted and work for a professional team [outside of the Olympics] and I have to do what they say first.

"Next year the Tour de France is a massive goal for me and the Olympics is a massive thing for me."

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