Cycling - Kennaugh admits to missing Cavendish

Peter Kennaugh admits he sorely misses fellow Manxman Mark Cavendish's presence at Team Sky as he prepares for a season on the road after spending virtually the past year on the track.

The 23-year-old chose to focus primarily on the team pursuit in 2012, a decision that reaped golden rewards as he helped Britain first win the world title and then the Olympic crown.

Kennaugh did it in style too as the British quartet set a world record on the way to global gold in Australia in April before twice lowering that mark at the London 2012 Olympics.

But, with 2012 making way for 2013, Kennaugh's attentions have changed and he has a busy schedule planned with the Giro d'Italia in May his main focus at present.

Kennaugh, who made his Giro debut in 2011, will start his season with the Tour of Oman but insists Cavendish's departure to Omega Pharma-Quick Step has been felt in pre-season.

"I already sort of miss him. He's such a big character, and such a personality, it's so different without him," said Cavendish.

"He always lightens the mood up a bit, he always rips people and takes the piss, so I do miss having him around, a lot

"I'm doing the Giro again this year, so that's my main focus early on. I'll start with Oman, and then Tirreno, Catalunya, and the Ardennes Classics.

"I'd really like to have good form for that. Then ten days later you've got the Giro, so it comes thick and fast really."