Cavendish pens extension with Team Dimension Data

Cavendish has signed a contract extension with Team Dimension Data. Credit: PA

Mark Cavendish has signed a contract extension with Team Dimension Data which will see him become part of the team's new supervisory board.

The South African-based team had made clear earlier in the year their desire to keep the 30-time Tour de France stage winner, saying before the Tour in July that a deal had been "agreed in principle", but it proved a long wait for actual confirmation following speculation he would instead join Bahrain-Merida.

"After spending my last three years with Dimension Data I'm delighted to extend my contract, stay with the team that I love and people that I hold dearest to me in the sport," Cavendish said.

The delay in confirming Cavendish's contract coincided with another run of bad luck for the Manxman, who has struggled with injury and illness for much of the past two years, being diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus for a second time following a disappointing Tour in July.

The length of the 33-year-old's new deal was not announced, but it includes a new leadership role through which the team hope to maximise his experience.