Cavendish wins Tour of Turkey stage

Mark Cavendish won the opening stage of the Tour of Turkey in a sprint finish.

The Manx man beat Caleb Ewan and Nicola Ruffoni to the line by half a wheel at the climax of the 145km stage.

It was a seventh win of the season for Cavendish, who will now wear the turquoise leader’s jersey on the second stage.

“There are a lot of big sprinters at the race this year. So we knew it would be chaotic, and it really was,” he said.

“This is also my first race back after taking some time off. I got sick in South Africa and had to stop and get over the virus. Just to stop and reset everything and to now get going again, it is quite nice,” added the Etixx – Quick-Step rider.

“I don’t think I’m in as good of condition as I could have been without the interruption, but I am definitely happy where I am.”

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