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He did it, of course, aboard his team issue Cervelo S5 aero road bike. The Manxman used a set of deep section Enve SES wheels rolling on Chris King hubs.
His Dura-Ace Di2 group shifted 54/39 chainrings and an 11-28 cassette, giving him all the top gear he needed to beat Marcel Kittel and Peter Sagan to the line.
Click or swipe through the gallery above for a closer look at Mark Cavendish's stage 1 winning bike.