Mark Cavendish: Caleb Ewan was the strongest today

Abu Dhabi Tour race leader and stage one winner Mark Cavendish pays tribute to Caleb Ewan's sprint on stage two, despite being pipped on the line by Marcel Kittel

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Dimension Data sprinter Mark Cavendish has praised up-coming sprinter Caleb Ewan after they both lost out to Quick-Step Floors rider Marcel Kittel in the sprint for stage two of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

Cavendish placed third on a very close-run stage, where Ewan led until the last metre when he began to celebrate the win only to have Kittel come round the pair to snatch it from his grasp.

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