Cav claims maiden win for new team

Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the line to win the opening stage of this year's Tour of Qatar (Photo: Stiehl Photography)

Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the line to win the opening stage of this year's Tour of Qatar (Photo: Stiehl Photography)

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Mark Cavendish claimed his first victory for Team Dimension Data in the opening stage of the Tour of Qatar on Monday.

The Manx Missile narrowly missed out on his maiden Dimension win when he finished second and third during the Tour of Dubai last week to sprint rival Marcel Kittel.

However, he made sure he got off the mark with a trademark sprint finish at the end of the 176-kilometre stage from Dukhan to Al Khor Corniche in the Arabian country.

The Manxman formed part of a 21-man breakaway which split from the main peloton early in the race and managed to stay clear for the remainder of the opening stage.

With team-mates Edvald Boasson Hagen and Tyler Farrar in support in the break, Dimension Data were able to safely protect the Manxman and deliver him to the finish.

There the manxman bided his time before launching for the finishline and sprinting clear of Italian rider Sacha Modolo.

Another Italian, Andrea Guardini was third ahead of Irish rider Sam Bennett in fourth and Alexander Kristoff fifth ahead of Boasson Hagen in sixth.

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