Mark Cavendish hopes to turn track speed into sprinting success at the Dubai Tour in a bid to replicate the overall victory he enjoyed last year.
The Manx Missile will start his first stage race for Dimension Data on the Emirate, having made his debut in the African team’s colours at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race on Sunday.
The 2.HC-classified race, now in its third year, rolls out on Wednesday (February 3) and kicks off three weeks of races in the desert, with the Tour of Qatar and Tour of Oman to follow.
Mark Cavendish will bid for more success at the Dubai Tour after his overall win in 2015 (pic: RCS Sport)
Cavendish – who will wear dossard number one after bagging two stage wins and the blue jersey in 2015 – will be led out by Bernie Eisel and Mark Renshaw, and believes his track form, which included competing at the UCI Track World Cup in Hong Kong, has shown he has the sprinting speed he desires.
“I’ve come back with not much road racing under my belt, but I know from the track that my sprint is good,” he said ahead of the race. “I’m here racing for Dimension Data with a very strong team on the road.
“I’ve raced in the Dubai Tour the last two years and I’ve enjoyed it, especially with winning it overall last year.”