Mark Cavendish wins opening stage in Tour of Qatar

Mark Cavendish
Cavendish is considering competing on the track in the omnium at the Olympic Games

Britain's Mark Cavendish claimed his first win of 2016 on a fast opening stage of the Tour of Qatar.

The 30-year-old, riding for Team Dimension Data, won stage one to Al Khor Corniche in a sprint finish from Sacha Modolo (Lampre) and Andrea Guardini (Astana).

Cavendish, who won the race in 2013, averaged close to 52km/h on this stage.

He plans to decide during the race whether he will compete at next month's track World Championships in London.

A winner of 26 Tour de France stages, Cavendish faces a packed schedule in 2016 with August's Olympic Games in Rio also a target.

The five-stage race finishes on Friday.

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