The 1st stage of the Dubai Tour was the first opportunity Mark Cavendish would have to test his sprint out in his new Dimension Data for Qhubeka colours. Cav would come from deep, finishing with the most speed of all the sprinters but it would be 2nd place on the line. Stiehl Photography/RB caught the action for us..

Mark Cavendish would net his first podium placing for Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka at the opening Dubai Tour stage today, sprinting to 2nd place just behind Marcel Kittel (Etixx-Quickstep). Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) was 3rd. Initially 4 riders got away early in the stage before 2 more joined them up front to form a lead group of 6 riders. Martin Mortensen (One Pro), Marc Soler (Movistar), Soufiane Haddi (Skydive), Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk), Jesus Alberto Rubio (Al Nasr) and Loic Vliegen (BMC) were the riders putting pressure on the peloton. The 6 leaders had a 5-minute lead at one stage and so our Team Dimension.