Eisel extends Team Sky stay
Bernhard Eisel, for so long Mark Cavendish's faithful bodyguard in the peloton, has signed a contract extension with Team Sky.
The 31-year-old Austrian's deal with the British team, which runs until the end of the 2015 season, comes a day after Cavendish announced he would be leaving Team Sky for Omega Pharma-QuickStep.
"The fact that Mark Cavendish is leaving us made this one of the toughest decisions of my life, and I wouldn't have stayed if I hadn't felt absolutely at home here," Eisel said.
"Mark and I have ridden together since 2007 and he was my only room-mate during most of that time. I haven't just looked after him on the bike, I also regard him as a brother, so it will be strange competing against him in the future."
Eisel followed Cavendish to Team Sky from the now-defunct HTC-Highroad team at the end of 2011 and was part of the squad which helped Bradley Wiggins win the Tour de France in July.
He also rode at the Giro d'Italia and was a key figure in helping Cavendish win three stages in the Tours of Italy and France.
As well as providing support for his team-mates, Eisel will have an opportunity for individual success.
Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford is targeting improved results in the one-day spring classics and Eisel has pedigree in the races.
Eisel added: "In terms of 2013, I'm sure I'll have more chances to get my first victory for the team, and at the same time I'll continue doing what I am best at, which is helping other people win.
"We've accomplished so much here already at Team Sky but I'm sure there will be plenty more success in the future and I'm excited by that prospect.
"I've loved taking on a senior role in the squad. Having the chance to advise the younger guys is something I've really enjoyed doing, and want to continue doing that over the next three years."