7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

Peter Sa­gan edged past Mark Cavendish in an en­thralling fi­nal sprint to re­tain his Road World Cham­pi­onship ti­tle in Doha, Qatar. As Cavendish got caught be­hind Aus­tralia’s Michael Matthews, Sa­gan was able to take full ad­van­tage, pow­er­ing home ahead of the Bri­ton. Bel­gian Tom Boo­nen, who won the ti­tle in 2005, came third. “I don’t be­lieve it, I’m still in shock,” said 26year-old Sa­gan. “I’m very happy be­cause in the cross­winds I was the last to make it into the lead group. It felt a bit like a head­wind at the fin­ish so I had to go from a long way back in the sprint.” Cross­winds in the desert split the pelo­ton, with ex­pe­ri­enced sprint­ers Mar­cel Kit­tel, An­dre Greipel and Nacer Bouhanni all fall­ing be­hind and un­able to close the gap for the fi­nal dash for the line. Olympic cham­pion Greg van Aver­maet of Bel­gium was also un­able to con­tend as he fin­ished in 10th place.

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