Mark Cavendish claims first stage win of the season in Abu Dhabi

Mark Cavendish at the 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour. KT/Tim De Waele/Corbis via Getty Images

Mark Cavendish on Thursday claimed his first win of the season with victory on stage one of the Abu Dhabi Tour.

The 31-year-old Manxman triumphed in a customary sprint finish at the end of the 188-kilometre route, starting and ending in Madinat Zayed.

Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) finished ahead of Germany's Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) and Italy's Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida).

With time bonuses, Cavendish leads Greipel by four seconds overall.