Mark Cavendish provides tactical wit to deliver first Bahrain-McLaren win for Bauhaus at Saudi Tour

Bahrain-McLaren also take the race lead off Rui Costa with two stages remaining

Mark Cavendish at the Saudi Tour 2020 (Pete Goding/PA)

(Image credit: GodingImages/PA Images)

While Mark Cavendish usually proves instrumental in delivering his team's victories by crossing the finish line first, today he turned lead-out tactician to help deliver a first win for his Bahrain-McLaren squad.

With 500m to go, the third-last rider in Bahrain-McLaren's train pulled off the front, leaving Phil Bauhaus leading the pack with Cavendish tucked in his wheel. The plan was to lead out their star sprinter but that was soon turned on its head.

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