Mark Cavendish: 'I thought Viviani was going to die, but he just accelerated. I couldn't have gone any harder'

Cavendish says there was nothing more he could do on second stage of Dubai Tour

Mark Cavendish at the 2018 Dubai Tour.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Dimension Data leader Mark Cavendish said he “couldn’t have gone harder” in the sprint on stage two of the Dubai Tour, which he lost to Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors).

Cavendish had a clear run to the line and was out ahead of the pack in the early stages of the sprint but then Viviani came past him to claim the win and Cavendish sat up coasting to fourth place.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.