Cavendish wins sprinter’s jersey

Britain’s Mark Cavendish has won the sprinter’s jersey at the Tour of Turkey after finishing second in the 121km final stage in Istanbul.

The Manxman, 29, won three of the race’s eight stages and accumulated 60 points to take home the green jersey for a second year.

He said: “I’m super happy with getting the green jersey at the end.”

Meanwhile
Chris Froome

was third overall in the Tour de Romandie.

The Team Sky rider was aiming for a third title in a row but was 35 seconds behind general classification winner Katusha’s Ilnur Zakarin after Sunday’s final stage, a 17km time trial.

The short stage was comfortably won by time trial specialist, three-time world champion Etixx – Quick-Step’s Tony Martin.

In the Tour of Turkey, Croatian Kristijan Durasek won the overall race, with Spain’s Lluis Bonet Mas claiming the final stage.

“I would have liked to win the stage today, but we tried our hardest,” Cavendish, who rides for Etixx – Quick-Step added.

“Luis went really strong at the end and I’m pleased we could finish on the podium.”

Cavendish now plans to race the Tour of California, the Tour de Suisse and British Championships before this year’s Tour de France.

He has 25 Tour stage wins to his name, which is third on the all-time list, nine behind Belgian cycling legend Eddy Merckx and three off France’s Bernard Hinault’s 28 victories.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/32574327

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