World champion Mark Cavendish has completed his much-anticipated move to Team Sky.
The 26-year-old Manxman, a product of the British Cycling performance programme, will race for the British-based team from next year.
Dave Brailsford, Team Sky Principal who also doubles as British Cycling’s performance director, said: “Mark is a born winner and what excites me most is the attitude he brings to all the teams he rides for.
“We want to inspire more fans to get into cycling and I can think of no-one better to help us do that. We are delighted that the new world champion will be riding for Team Sky next season.”
Last month, Cavendish became the first British male to win the world title since 1965, the crowning achievement of a season which also saw him win the sprinter's green jersey in the Tour de France.
“Mark is the greatest sprinter of his generation and is well on his way to becoming the greatest of all time,” Brailsford added.
“He is a rider of exceptional talent who has proved his pedigree at the very highest level of our sport.”