Despite suffering a flat tire for nearly four kilometers away from the finish, Mark Cavendish of Dimension Data managed to outpace all of the other riders in the flat, fast opening stage of the Dubai Tour, except for Marcel Kittel of Quick-Step Floors and Dylan Groenewegen of LottoNL – Jumbo, to finish third in the stage.
With no single air in his rear tubular and at a speed of over 60kph, he was able to cross the line and secure a third place finish for himself.
Speaking after the race, Cavendish recounted his experience during the race, and was quite pleased with himself for having secured such an achievement given the surrounding circumstances.
“Not bad, third. I couldn’t pass, couldn’t do anything. Probably the best result I’ve ever done in this stage. I couldn’t stand up. It wasn’t slipping, you just feel it hard on the cobbles on the rim,” he said.