Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

February 9, 2016

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Mark Cavendish wins the opening stage of the Tour of Qatar; USA Cycling confirms Evelyn Stevens will attempt the UCI Hour Record; Patrick Lefevere hits back after Etixx-QuickStep Tour of Qatar omission; Giant-Alpecin’s Chad Haga keeping spirits high after horrific collision; An interview with Fernando Gaviria; Caption contest; City Downhill World Tour 2016; Spanish race cancelled due to 100km/h winds.

Mark Cavendish wins the opening stage of the Tour of Qatar

by Matt de Neef

Mark Cavendish has taken his first victory in Dimension Data colours, winning the opening stage of the Tour of Qatar on Monday.

Tour of Qatar 2016 - Elite - Stage 1

Cavendish outsprinted Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and Andrea Guardini (Astana) in a group of just 16 riders that made it to the finish with a shot at victory.

Strong winds saw a lead group of 21 riders form after just 50km of the 176km stage, with that group opening a lead of more than a minute. The winds ensured a swift average speed for the race — Cavendish averaged more than 50km/h over the stage’s three and a half hours.

The lead group would split again after a change of wind direction, but Cavendish and the other sprinters were able to hold on and contest the final kick.

Cavendish now wears the leader’s jersey with four stages remaining.

Stage 1: Dukhan > Al Khor Corniche - Stage Result

Monday 8th February 2016

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Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka
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Astana Pro Team

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Today’s feature image comes from Cor Vos and was shot on the opening day of the Tour of Qatar.