Cav’s looking good, Kittel not so much, while Quick-Step continue to dominate
It had been a long time since Mark Cavendish last won a bike race – almost a whole year in fact, since he sprinted to victory in the opening stage of last year’s Abu Dhabi Tour.
After that long without any success, and having suffered so much from injury and illness in that time, expectations weren’t that high going into the Dubai Tour.
But, despite a slow start (he failed to feature at all in stage one’s finale, and was the following day out-sprinted by rivals he’d usually expect to beat), Cav bounced back to seal the long-awaited win that brought an end to his drought, proving to any sceptics that he still has much to offer.
Yet more encouragingly, the win came against quality opposition. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) were the riders who trailed him in second and third place respectively, as part of a very strong field of sprinters.
The result suggests that Cavendish could once more be among the main sprinters to beat this season.
Quick-Step Floors aren’t missing Marcel Kittel…
Quick-Step Floors were the dominant team at each Dubai Tour between 2015 – 2017, but there were reasons to doubt that they could continue that run this year – chiefly, that the riders who