Mark Cavendish: I'm really happy with the win and the jersey
Feb 23 2017 06:05 pm CET

Mark Cavendish: I'm really happy with the win and the jersey

After his victory in the first stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour, Mark Cavendish has praised the work of his team. The rider also talked about the hectic last meters of the day.

The rider of Dimension Data was glad about his victory in one of his favorite races and mentioned that he knew the last part would be difficult. "The team was fantastic, really the lads did a phenomenal job today and I can’t fault anyone in the team. We knew that last corner was where it was going to count though and we had to get there first.

"We were hugging the barrier and I think it was a new guy from Orica, who tried to come up the inside. When I saw the barrier I thought, ah no, there is no way you'll get your whole team through there and next thing we heard the crash behind. I hope everyone is alright from that crash," he said in a post-race interview.

Cavendish also described the difficulties of the last meters. "Through the corner when Reinie (Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg) went, the South African champion, you actually have to tell him to slow down because he is so strong. He just gave us so much speed and then Mark (Renshaw) could go.

"I wanted to go a bit late obviously with the wind, but Bonifazio went early which played into my hands because I could just bounce off him and go through," he added.

The rider won two stages in the last edition of the Middle Eastern race and is very happy that things turned out well for them on the day. "I'm really happy with the win and the jersey obviously, this is a special race to me and its great motivation for the whole team."
Photo of Mark Cavendish by Jens Herrndorff for Team Dimension Data.



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