Cavendish eyes Abu Dhabi glory

11 February 2018 10:59:32 EST

Mark Cavendish is pleased with his recent form as he steps up his preparations for the Abu Dhabi Tour which takes place later this month.

The 32-year-old Dimension Data sprinter endured a frustrating stage five on the Dubai Tour when he was delayed by Nacer Bouhanni's crash on the final corner but is looking forward to next week's Tour of Oman.

He won stage three of the Dubai Tour but had to slam on his brakes in order to avoid the numerous riders that fell after Bouhanni crashed.

Cavendish said afterwards: "I stopped before but I hit the barriers and it knocked my shifter. I'm not hurt, I didn't go down, I was behind the guys who went down.

"I'm happy with where I am though. The team was wicked there.

"I'm only going to Oman to get in the workload. Abu Dhabi is a big target for me."

The Abu Dhabi Tour starts on 21st February and will last for five days.

Meanwhile, Cavendish is 80/1 to win next month's Milan-San Remo and Caleb Ewan can be backed at 33/1 to triumph.

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