Cycling - Cavendish 'psyched' to be with new team

Mark Cavendish says he has never felt more at home in a professional cycling team after swapping Team Sky for Omega Pharma-Quick Step.

It was announced that the 27-year-old would be leaving Team Sky after just one year riding for them back in October as he signed a three-year contract with the Belgian outfit.

Cavendish claimed three stage wins in last year’s Tour de France for Team Sky, including the finale on the Champs Elysees, but he says a change was always going to be inevitable.

Team Sky’s priority during the Tour last year was to ensure Bradley Wiggins became the first British rider to win the race – something they achieved.

However, that meant Cavendish’s ambitions had less precedence, and he trained in the official Omega Pharma-Quick Step jersey in Tuscany on New Year’s Day, claiming that he has never been happier.

“When you come to a new group, you never know how it’s going to go or how to behave. Instead, with this group there was immediate synchrony,” said Cavendish.

“Everyone here, staff and athletes, really loves cycling and is psyched to be a part of this group that has such a great history. For me, it’s important to be a part of this and to feel the faith around me.

“2013 already looks like is going to be full of events. I want to do well and give back to this fantastic group that has placed so much faith in me.”

Cavendish will make his debut for the team at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina later this month.