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Cavendish praises Dimension Data teamwork as he lands first win of 2017

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Mark Cavendish takes the race lead after his win

Mark Cavendish takes the race lead after his win (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mark Cavendish wins on stage one of the Abu Dhabi Tour

Mark Cavendish wins on stage one of the Abu Dhabi Tour (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) answers a question during the press conference

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) answers a question during the press conference (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) signs on with a smile

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) signs on with a smile (Image credit: ANSA - Peri / Bazzi)
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Mark Cavendish and his Dimension Data teammates

Mark Cavendish and his Dimension Data teammates (Image credit: ANSA - Peri / Bazzi)

Mark Cavendish said the psychological importance of landing his first victory of the season, and of triumphing over a stellar array of sprinters, paled into insignificance compared to the pride he took in the work of his teammates on the opening stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

The Dimension Data sprinter picked up where he left off on Thursday, claiming his first win of the campaign at the same race where he took his last of 2016 – the Abu Dhabi Tour has moved from October to February – and on the same day of the month, no less.

And it was the corresponding stage of last year’s edition that served as a learning curve.

"Not particularly, I get more of a boost that my team did everything right," he said. "If I’d have lost today, I’d have had a lot of groveling to do."

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Deputy Editor - Europe. Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. After joining Cyclingnews as a staff writer on the back of work experience, Patrick became Features Editor in 2018 and oversaw significant growth in the site’s long-form and in-depth output. Since 2021 he has been Deputy Editor - Europe, taking more responsibility for the site’s content as a whole, while still writing and - despite a pandemic-induced hiatus - travelling to races around the world. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.