Mark Cavendish wins the Saitama Criterium
Nov 04 2017 01:37 pm CET

Mark Cavendish wins the Saitama Criterium
Mark Cavendish wins the Saitama Criterium


Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) has won the 2017 Saitama Criterium. The British rider took this victory for the first time in his career.

The exhibition race was less than 60 kilometres long in and around Tokyo and the peloton arrived together to the end, where the winner was decided in a final sprint.

After battling with infectious mononucleosis during the first part of the season and breaking his shoulder at the fourth stage of the Tour de France, the rider came back to win the final sprint of the season.

The rider of the Isle of Man crossed the finish line just ahead of local riders Fumiyuki Beppu (Trek-Segafredo) and Yusuke Hatanaka (Team Ukyo). Warren Barguil (Sunweb) and Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale-Drapac) were placed in fourth and sixth place, respectively.

Other prominent riders like Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors), Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC), Michal Kwiatkowski and Chris Froome (Sky) also took part in this Japanese race.

Photo of Mark Cavendish by Jens Herrndorff for Team Dimension Data.


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