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Video: Mark Cavendish takes first win in almost a year at Dubai Tour

Dimension Data sprinter back to winning ways after 2017 season plagued by illness and injury

Mark Cavendish has taken his first victory in almost a year at today's Stage 3 of the Dubai Tour.

The 32-year-old' Dimension Data riders last victory also came in the Gulf, when he won the opening stage of last year's Abu Dhabi Tour on 23 February last year.

His season was then disrupted first by glandular fever, then by the broken shoulder he sustained in a crash involving Peter Sagan at the Tour de France, and incident that saw Bora-Hansgrohe's world champion thrown out of the race for dangerous riding.

Following today's stage, Cavendish said: "I'm just a bit angry that I sat up yesterday," referring to his fourth-place finish to Quick Step Floors rider Elia Viviani, who retains the race lead.

"Technically I could have had the leader's jersey," Cavendish continued. "I apologise to my teammates for that. They did a great job today, Bernie (Eisel), (Mark) Renshaw, and I finished the job in the last 3 kilometres.

I still feel the consequences of my Tour de France crash in my body. It will remain for the rest of my life.

"Quick-Step, Cofidis and LottoNL-Jumbo all look good," he added. "There are so many good teams for sprinting here.

"I'm nowhere near the form I had in July but I'm happy with my form now."

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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