Cavendish wins stage two in Turkey

British rider Mark Cavendish retained his lead at the Tour of Turkey by following his opening-stage victory with a win on Monday’s second stage.

Cavendish, 28, was led towards the line by his Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team-mates before outsprinting his rivals.

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I’m happy we could get another stage here

Mark Cavendish

“It was perfect,” said the Manxman who is racing for the first time in almost five weeks

after a virus.

“I am glad I could finish the guys’ work.

“They rode incredibly. I’m happy we could get another stage here.”

Cavendish was given a supreme lead-out by the Omega sprint train, including Alessandro Petacchi and Mark Renshaw, at the end of the 175km race from Alanya to Kemer..

They helped the

British national champion

to prevail in a bunch finish ahead of Neri Sottoli’s Francesco Chicchi and Lampre-Merida’s Niccolo Bonifazio.

Cavendish, who

also won Sunday’s first stage by more than a bike length.

is expected to relinquish the race lead in Tuesday’s third stage, which features features hillier terrain and a summit finish in Elmali.

Stage Two result:

1. Mark Cavendish (GB/Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) 3h 50mins 17secs

2. Francesco Chicchi (Ita/Yellow Fluo) ST

3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita/Lampre-Merida)

4. Kris Boeckmans (Bel/Lotto-Belisol)

5. Francesco Lasca (Ita/Caja Rural)

Overall classification:

1. Mark Cavendish (GB Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) 7h 6mins 0secs

2. Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita/Lampre-Merida) ST

3. Elia Viviani (Ita/Cannondale)

4. Theo Bos (Ned/Belkin)

5. Michael Van Staeyen (Bel/Topsport-Vlaanderen)

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