Mark Cavendish 'knew he would have the energy to keep it until the line' after long sprint to claim UAE Tour stage two win

The Manxman wins against a field of top sprinters in the desert

Mark Cavendish
(Image credit: Getty)

While Mark Cavendish has been winning again for a while his detractors have been keen to point out how he's been victorious at either sh*t, small races, or against weakened fields, which he did arguably face even at his comeback Tour de France, at least when Wout van Aert was on domestique duties.

His stage two victory at the 2022 UAE Tour, however, may be one of his most impressive since his return to Quick-Step, if only due to the stellar sprinting talent he was up against.

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