February 8, 2018
Cavendish comes good on Stage 3
Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) opened his 2018 account with victory on stage 3 of the 2018 Dubai Tour
British rider Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) has won Stage 3 of the 2018 Dubai Tour, from Skydive Dubai to Corniche RD Fujairah (180km), in a bunch sprint finish, beating Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) to the finish line with Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha Alpecin) taking third.
Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) is the new race leader, wearing the General Classification's Blue Jersey, sponsored by the Commercial Bank of Dubai. The overnight leader, Dylan Groenewegen (Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) received a 20" penalty from the jury for drafting behind his team car. He still wears the points leader's Red Jersey, sponsored by Emirates.
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the winner Mark Cavendish said: “I had a good feeling today, especially after yesterday. I knew I was there. I knew the team was there. I can't beat Viviani in a track sprint race so I had to wait, wait and wait, and use my jump. Any time of the year, it's important to win. It's good for my account. Already with this win, I've won the same amount of races I won in the whole season last year. The thing I'm disappointed about is that yesterday, when I realized I couldn't win, had I kept going, I would have come second and be in the lead now. It's my own fault. But I'll try and get the blue jersey in the next two days.
Stage 3 Video Hightlights (courtesy of Dubai Tour 2018)
Race Results - Stage 3