Watch: Mark Cavendish’s win and Marcel Kittel’s crash on stage one of Abu Dhabi Tour (video)

Video highlights of the defining moments from the opening stage of the 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour
Playlist 19 Videos Watch: Mark Cavendish's win and Marcel Kittel's crash on stage one of Abu Dhabi Tour (video) 03:09 Watch: Amazing videos gives first ever 360º glimpse inside the pro peloton 05:56 Watch: Abu Dhabi Tour stage five highlights 03:16 Watch: Abu Dhabi Tour stage four time trial highlights 00:00 Watch: Abu Dhabi Tour stage three highlights 03:03 Watch: Abu Dhabi Tour stage two highlights 03:03 Watch: Cavendish and Ewan in final rain-lashed sprint battle at the Abu Dhabi Tour (video) 03:09 Watch: Riders battle for top honours on Abu Dhabi Tour's climbing stage (video) 03:09 Watch: Cavendish, Kittel, Ewan and Greipel in Abu Dhabi Tour sprint battle (video) 03:13 Watch: Owain Doull shows injuries to his foot after Abu Dhabi Tour crash (video) 01:01 Watch: Taking on the toughest climbs of the Tour of Flanders 13:52 The Lead Out: April 2019 - Cobbled Classics preview 36:50 The Lead Out: March 2019 - Milan-San Remo preview 34:48 Watch: Tour of Oman 2019 stage two highlights 06:33 Watch: Tour Down Under 2019 stage six highlights 05:38 Watch: Tour Down Under 2019 stage five highlights 00:00 Watch: Tour Down Under 2019 stage two highlights 05:23 Watch: Tour Down Under 2019 stage one highlights 04:49 The Lead Out: January 2019 - Tour Down Under and season preview 25:30

Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) took his first victory of the 2017 season on Thursday, claiming the bunch sprint victory on the opening day of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

Cavendish sprinted clear of André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) to put himself into the early lead in the four-day, WorldTour race.

>> Subscribe to Cycling Weekly this Autumn and save 35%. Enjoy the luxury of home delivery and never miss an issue <<

Cavendish jumped on the wheel of Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) as the Italian was the first to open up his sprint. As Bonifazio faded, Cavendish upped his pace and took the win by a convincing margin.

The stage was tinged with controversy after a crash occurred under the kilometre-to-go inflatable which brought down a number of riders, including sprinters Marcel Kittel (Quick-Step Floors) and Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott).

>>> Riders react on Twitter after Owain Doull blames disc brakes for injury

Welshman Owain Doull (Team Sky) was among those also involved in the crash, and came away with a cut along the length of his shoe which he attributed to being caused by a disc brake rotor on Kittel’s bike.

Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) had also been involved in an earlier crash with in the final 5km, but very quickly regained contact with the back of the peloton after his team-mates fell back to pace him to the bunch.

Cavendish goes into the second of four stages on Friday with a four-second lead over Greipel, with Manuele Mori (UAE Team Emirates) in third at six seconds after scooping up an intermediate sprint bonus from the day’s escape group.

The 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour continues on Friday with stage two around Abu Dhabi city. Saturday’s stage is likely to be the decisive one for those riders with an eye on the general classification, as it features the only climb of the race – Jebel Hafeet. The race concludes on Sunday.