King Mark I

The fifth KOTS title race in history finally saw a change of power in the sprint kingdom, when Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data), arguably the best sprinter ever, beat rival André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) in Madinat Zayed at the finish of the first stage of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

Reigning King of the Sprint Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) couldn’t defend his chances properly, though, as he got involved in a crash a kilometre from the line, which also brought down co-favourite Marcel Kittel (Quick Step Floors).

Can Cavendish also achieve a double – or even a triple? This time tomorrow, we might already know!






Caleb’s double

He did it again! In Victor Harbor, reigning King of the Sprint Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) also won the second mass sprint of the Tour Down Under, after he had taken home the first stage two days earlier. This time, he beat world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) to the line. Needless to say, Ewan becomes the first rider ever to successfully defend the King of the Sprint title.

Friday’s stage to Campbelltown could see another mass sprint finish. If not, we’ll probably have to wait until Sunday’s final stage in Adelaide to witness the third title race of the season.