The five-day 2018 Abu Dhabi Tour runs February 21-25 and includes an individual time trial on stage four.
The 22-year-old speedster notched a win at the Abu Dhabi Tour to show he can beat the world's top sprinters.
Rui Costa wins the 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour, while Caleb Ewan takes out the world's best sprinters on a rain-soaked fourth and final stage on
Tactics worked against Nairo Quintana on Saturday in the Abu Dhabi Tour, but he appears the sharpest of the stars with the Giro in sight.
Rui Costa claims the queen stage and lifts the red leaders jersey with one day to go in the 2017 Abu Dhabi Tour.
The German edged Caleb Ewan by less than half of his front wheel to claim his fifth victory of the season.
A day after one rider at the Abu Dhabi Tour claimed he was cut by a disc rotor, Marcel Kittel rolls to the start line with caliper brakes.
Cavendish says he's confident with his early season form, and a stage 1 sprint victory in star-studded Abu Dhabi Tour backs that up.
The British sprinter avoids several crashes, including one in the final kilometer of racing.
Abu Dhabi Tour rivals even the Tour de France with its stacked start list of sprint stars. The race is now a WorldTour event.