Mark Cavendish: Dubai Tour win for British rider

Mark Cavendish celebrates coming first in the Dubai Tour third stage
Mark Cavendish has won 30 stages of the Tour de France

British cyclist Mark Cavendish has claimed his first win of the year in the third stage of the Dubai Tour.

The 32-year-old edged out France's Nacer Bouhanni and Germany's Marcel Kittel in the 180km ride from Dubai to Fujairah.

Cavendish finished in a time of three hours 53 minutes 46 seconds and is now second overall, four seconds behind Elia Viviani.

Briton Adam Blythe was fourth, and is 11th overall, 14 seconds off the lead.

Friday's fourth stage is a 172km race from Dubai to Hatta Dam.

Stage three result

1. Mark Cavendish (GB/Dimension Data) 3hrs 53mins 46secs

2. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra/Cofidis) same time

3. Marcel Kittel (Ger/Katusha-Alpecin) same time

4. Adam Blythe (GB/Aqua Blue Sport) same time

5. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) same time

Overall standings

1. Elia Viviani (Ita/Quick-Step Floors) 12hrs 19mins 36secs

2. Mark Cavendish (GB/Dimension Data) +4secs

3. Nathan van Hooydonk (Bel/BMC Racing) +7secs

4. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den/Astana) +8secs

5. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra/Cofidis) same time

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