Geraint Thomas wants Mark Cavendish to join Team Sky

By Peter ScrivenerBBC Sport
Cavendish sprints to World title

Geraint Thomas wants Britain's newly crowned world road race champion Mark Cavendish to join him at Team Sky.

Cavendish's current professional team HTC-Highroad is dissolving at the end of the year, and the Isle of Man rider has already decided which team to join.

When asked if Cavendish was joining Sky, Thomas told BBC Sport: "I hope so.

"He has proved he's the fastest in the world and to have him in the team would be amazing. To lead him out, week in week out, would be special."

Cavendish and David Millar were the only members of the eight-strong British team in Copenhagen who do not ride professionally for Team Sky.

Thomas, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Froome, Steve Cummings, Jeremy Hunt and Ian Stannard are all on the books of the team that only began to compete in January 2010.

Welshman Thomas played a pivotal role in helping Cavendish find a perfect position on the road, after 266km of racing, to launch himself to victory and said it was a pleasure to lead out his team-mate.

"He's a great leader and he lets you know exactly what he wants to do," the 25-year-old stated. "It makes your job so much easier.

"[The final sprint] was pretty dodgy. There were quite a few guys who wouldn't have had too much work to do in the race, so there were a few fresh legs around but we're used to that sort of thing and we finished it off.

"Seeing Cavendish cross the line with his hands in the air was a great feeling and we all felt we had a good role to play in that. It was an amazing day."

Thomas is set to put his road racing aspirations on hold next year though as he focuses his attentions on defending the Olympic team pursuit title he won in Beijing.

"The Olympics is my main goal [in 2012]," he said.

"The home Olympics doesn't come round every day and to be in with a chance of winning the team pursuit on the track. I want to give that 100%.

"The Tour de France may not jeopardise my chances, but it's an added risk so I will probably miss it."

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