Mark Cavendish: 'I'll see what I can do in the sprints at UAE Tour, but we're here for the GC'

The British sprinter said his role is to get his team to the foot of the climbs in the Middle East stage rage

Mark Cavendish speaking at the UAE Tour press conference (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Mark Cavendish will sprint in the UAE Tour this week, but underlines that he is riding in the Emirates to work for Dimension Data's overall ambitions.

Cavendish comes off a six-month break due to the Epstein-Barr virus, having raced only the Vuelta a San Juan so far in the 2019 season.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.