The Isle of Man's Mark Cavendish has confirmed his desire to leave Team Sky less than a year after signing for the British squad.
The 27-year-old 23-time Tour de France stage winner and 2011 world champion is seeking an amicable end to his contract, which was agreed last October and has two further years to run, as his personal ambitions and Team Sky's do not match.
He aims to meet Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford for discussions over his future during the Tour of Britain, which begins today.
"We had this idea that we could have this British super team that could win stages and dominate," he said.
"Dave sold me the idea last year but for some reason it hasn't worked out like that. It's difficult to do.
"It's like a long distance relationship with a girl. Everything is great but you live apart and it can't work out.
"But you want to be friends and you would rather the best thing happens so that everything can remain good and that you can stay close.
"I've been very happy at Sky. I don't want to compromise Sky and hopefully Sky won't compromise me."
Cavendish's Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins will miss the Olympic parade tomorrow in London to take part in the Tour of Britain today.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to line the streets to congratulate the Chorley rider after a summer in which he's won the Tour de France and the Olympic title.
The Tour arrives in Knowsley tomorrow.