An ambassador for Abu Dhabi tour, cavendish was unable to compete last year as he was still recovering from a shoulder injury. Has done well in the region in the past, with victories at the tour of Qatar (2013, 2016) and Dubai tour (2015). Is coming o a silver medal showing at road World championships in Doha.
Won two stages at the Abu Dhabi tour last year and took the Points classification jersey. Also won a stage at the Dubai tour this year as well as last year. Fulfilled a lifelong dream by winning Omnium gold at the rio Olympics in August.
It’s been the belgian’s best season of his career so far. He won gold in the Olympics road race, took a stage win at the tour de France and briefly led the Gc, and got his first Worldtour overall victory at a stage race with a triumph at the Tirreno-Adriatico. Quite the breakthrough for a classics specialist!
The Aussie got his first tour de France stage win this season, out-sprinting a breakaway group of 7 riders to win stage 10. He just missed out on the podium at Worlds last Sunday in Doha, finishing fourth, but was part of the Orica-bike- exchange squad that took bronze in the team time trial.