Mark Cavendish reveals the preparation that went into his Abu Dhabi Tour stage win

Dimension Data says analysis of last year's sprint finish was key

Mark Cavendish wins stage one of the Abu Dhabi Tour

(Image credit: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) has said it was his team’s efforts to study the tape of his failed sprint on the same finish last year that was key to his win on stage one of the Abu Dhabi Tour today.

Last October, when the race occupied a different slot on the calendar, Cavendish came third in the sprint finish at the same location.

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