Mark Cavendish, Peter Sagan and Fernando Gaviria to go head-to-head at Tirreno-Adriatico

Tirreno-Adriatico promises to be entertaining on both the flat and mountainous stages with an all-star cast set to start the race on March 9

Mark Cavendish will go head-to-head with Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-Quick Step) for the first time since joining Dimension Data at Tirreno-Adriatico, strating on March 9.

The pair first came to each other's attention at the 2015 Tour de San Luis when Gaviria trumped his future teammate twice in two stages. The pair then rode together at Etixx at the Tour of Britain, where Gaviria won a stage, before Cavendish departed for his new team.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.