Cavendish takes Tour of Oman lead with stage 2 win

Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) won stage 2 of the Tour of Oman to take the overall lead from Fernando Gaviria and claim his first victory of 2022.

The British sprinter edged-out Kaden Groves at the end of the 167.5 kilometer stage from Naseem Park to Suhar Corniche.

It is the 36-year-old’s first victory of 2022 and 157th of his career.

“I was looking forward to this sprint, as it was similar to a Tour de France one, with a long finishing straight of over one kilometre,” Cavendish said. “Everyone on the team was committed and did a great job.”

Cavendish opened his 2022 season with a second-placed finish behind Fernando Gaviria in the opening stage from Rustaq Fort to Muscat on Thursday.

“Coming into the stage I had a lot of confidence,” he added. “When the sprint started, I was a bit far back, but I had a good speed and I’m happy with the way things panned out.”

Amaury Capiot beat Gaviria to claim the final spot o the podium, with Cavendish moving into the overall lead before Saturday’s finish in Qurayyat.


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