Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and Fabian Cancellara to ride Dubai Tour

Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Marcel Kittel and Fabian Cancellara make their 2016 racing debut at the Dubai Tour (February 3-6)

Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel And Fabian Cancellara To Ride Dubai Tour

Bradley Wiggins

Sir Bradley Wiggins1 returns to road racing next week at the Dubai Tour2 (February 3-6), joining a strong start list that also features last year s winner Mark Cavendish3, Fabian Cancellara4, Philippe Gilbert and Marcel Kittel5. Wiggins will ride for the eponymous Team Wiggins, and support his British team-mates. Wiggins is focusing on track conditioning ahead of the 2016 Track World Championships in March, and then the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro6, where he aims to take part in the team pursuit for Great Britain. Cavendish makes his road racing debut for Dimension Data this weekend at the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race in Australia. He then returns to the Dubai Tour as defending champion having won two stages and the overall of the 2015 edition7.

Cavendish has spent the winter riding on the track, including fourth place in the omnium at the recent Track World Cup8 in Hong Kong.

>>> Marcel Kittel will settle faster in new team than Mark Cavendish, says Etixx DS9

The race s three sprint stages will be hotly contested, as Cavendish will come up against the likes of Marcel Kittel10 making his debut for Etixx-QuickStep and Elia Viviani (Sky). Kittel is supported by a strong line-up at Etixx-QuickStep, one that also includes former time trial world champion Tony Martin11.

Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel And Fabian Cancellara To Ride Dubai Tour

Mark Cavendish won the 2015 edition of the Dubai Tour, and makes his debut for Dimension Data in 2016

Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) has chosen the race to make his 2016 season debut, as he warms up for the spring classics. The Swiss multiple classics and time trial champion may well have his eye on stage three, which features an uphill finish to Hatta Dam. Former road race world champion Philippe Gilbert heads up the BMC Racing line-up, which also includes 2008 Olympic road race champion Samuel Sanchez.

John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) won the stage to Hatta Dam last year12, and was due to return this season. However, the German Paris-Roubaix and Milan-San Remo champion has been ruled out of the race after suffering numerous injuries after he was hit by a car13 while training in Spain.

It is unclear when he will make his return to racing.


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Along with Wiggins and Cavendish, there are a host of British riders on the start list14, including Alex Dowsett (Movistar), Ben Swift and Andy Fenn (both Sky), as well as members of British-based squads One Pro Cycling and Team Wiggins.

The 2016 Dubai Tour starts on Wednesday, February 3, and finishes on Saturday, February 6.

References

  1. ^ Sir Bradley Wiggins (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Dubai Tour (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Mark Cavendish (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Fabian Cancellara (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Marcel Kittel (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ the overall of the 2015 edition (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ fourth place in the omnium at the recent Track World Cup (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ >>> Marcel Kittel will settle faster in new team than Mark Cavendish, says Etixx DS (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ Marcel Kittel (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  11. ^ Tony Martin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  12. ^ John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) won the stage to Hatta Dam last year (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  13. ^ suffering numerous injuries after he was hit by a car (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  14. ^ start list (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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