Briton Cavendish, who was 13th, is out of contract with Belgian squad Etixx-QuickStep at the end of this year and his friend Sir Bradley Wiggins has said the Manxman
was moving teams.
His Etixx-QuickStep squad floundered in the finishing straight last Sunday in Zeeland and on Wednesday in Amiens the Manxman
was third, conceding that Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) were simply faster.
It has left some critics believing the Manxman
could be winning more, and recent reports suggested Italian sprinter Alessandro Petacchi would be parachuted in to the team in time for the Tour de France.
hailed Wiggins as the mastermind behind the team's success in the testing conditions.
won the green jersey as top sprinter in 2011 but was limited to just three stage wins as team orders took priority.
It was a third crash of the Giro d''Italia for the Manxman
, who appeared unhurt.
Victory for the Manxman
came at the end of the longest stage in this year's Tour.
THE LINK between Mark Johnston and Frankie Dettori can pay an early dividend at Kempton with Manxman
in the Digibet Median Auction Maiden Stakes.
The Alfred Hitchcock Box Set'' (``The Ring,'' ``The Manxman
Mark Higgins' hopes of winning a second Mobil 1 British Championship title disappeared when his Vauxhall crashed out of the MSA Rally.
Speaking at the launch of Six Day London, a revival of the classic multi-discipline after a 35-year absence from the capital, he said: "I had a good ride on Sunday in the national championships (where he was runner-up to fellow Manxman
Pete Kennaugh in Lincoln).
PETE Kennaugh successfully retained the British Championships road race title after fighting off the challenge of fellow Manxman
Mark Cavendish in Lincoln.
It means the Manxman
will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Guy Martin crossed the line 20 seconds off the pace in second place, followed by Manxman
Americans Carter Jones (Optum) and Matt Cooke (Jamis-Hagens Berman) followed, with UnitedHealthcare's Jonathan Clarke dropped by the breakaway group and Manxman
Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) leading home the peloton.