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Cavendish takes Abu Dhabi lead after stage two win

Mark Cavendish

Cavendish took his tally of Tour de France stage wins to 30 this year

Mark Cavendish won the second stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour on Friday to take the overall lead.

The 31-year-old Manxman beat Team Sky’s Elia Viviani and Astana’s Andrea Guardini in a sprint finish.

“I’m happy with that,” said the Dimension Data rider, who finished second in last Sunday’s road race at the Road World Championships.

“We wanted to win. I felt good. It was a very chaotic sprint in which I lost my lead out in the second last corner.”

The races continues on Saturday with a 150km stage that finishes with a 10km ascent to the summit finish at Jebel Hafeet, while Sunday’s final stage is a 26-lap race around Yas Marina Circuit.

Stage two standings:

1. Mark Cavendish (GB/Dimension Data) 2 hrs 32 mins 21 secs

2. Elia Viviani (Ita/Team Sky) same time

3. Andrea Guardini (Ita/Astana)

4. Jakub Mareczko (Ita/Wilier Triestina)

5. Jean Pierre Drucker (Lux/BMC)

Overall standings:

1. Mark Cavendish (GB/Dimension Data) 5 hrs 48 mins 06 secs

2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/trek Segafredo) +4 secs

3. Jens Keukeleire (Bel/Orica BikeExchange) +5 secs

4. Elia Viviani (Ita/Team Sky) +8 secs

5. John Degenkolb (Ger/Team Giant-Alpecin) Same time

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37730827