Seemingly Dave Brailsford has said if Cavendish wanted to leave he could! I always thought he was brought in to bring about some sucess to a limping Sky. Now with the GC to protect and two GC riders is he superflous?
A limping Sky? That's a bit harsh, as the team has only existed for three years. Given the illness and tragedy that hit the first year, I think they've done amazingly well. I also think Chris Froome has a lot to thank the team for.
Now the question is, when all the Wiggins mania dies down: What can they deliver next season?
They did recieve a fair bit of undue critiscism. The original plan was to make a legitimate attempt at the tour within 5 years. Then the expectation ramped up for some reason and they got a bit of flack! I'm not saying it was warranted at all but it was there. I felt Cavendish was brought in to alleviate some of the bad press much to my dissapointment at the time as I thought Sky had a solid plan and the bringing through of British talent was doing nicely with Geraint et al. I thought Sky were going to give this up to chase stage victories with Cav. Whether this was the case or not I don't know but they do have a whole new set of priorities now I think.
For next season I see no reason why they'd change there operating model. Look at the course, look at the figures and put the plan in action. Next years tour promises to be a hilly one, it could be that Froome assumes the leaders position as the percieved better climber.