Tour of Turkey: Cavendish wins sprint in Antalya

Mark Cavendish (Etixx-QuickStep) made it two for two in the Presidential Tour of Turkey, winning the mass sprint of stage 2 in Antalya. He punctured a tire with five kilometres to go but relied on his teammates to keep him in good position to sprint, nonetheless, edging out Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) and Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-CSF) to maintain his overall lead. 

"At a corner with about 5 kilometers to go my wheel went from me and I thought to myself 'that's not good' as I lost my balance," Cavendish said. "The wheel was spongy. It wasn't totally flat but it was a slow leaking puncture. I thought about stopping to get a new wheel, but we were already on our third guy of the train. If I stopped, we were one man short for Mark Renshaw. So I thought I'd give it a crack. I went easy for the final corners. I had confidence in my teammates. If they kept me in the front on the corners I'd be OK, and they did just that. They were really strong today and I was super impressed."

The stage, 182km with a start in Alanya and finish in Antalya, was marked by five-man break group. Luis Mas (Caja Rural), Federico Zurlo (UnitedHealthcare), Kevin de Mesmaeker (Novo Nordisk), Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Adrien Niyonshuti (MTN-Qhubeka) never had more than about a three-minute lead, and were caught again with 12km to go.

Ruffoni said it was difficult to follow the Etixx-QuickStep sprint train, but “When we arrived under the flamme rouge I was in a really good position just behind Cavendish. With 100 metres to go I tried to jumped out from his wheel but he was too fast, showing to be the strongest today too.”

How it unfolded

The flat second stage stayed mostly along the coastline, and was predestined for a long breakaway followed by a bunch sprint. The group of five formed quickly and got away about 20km into the stage. However, the peloton kept a wary eye on them, and the gap was never allowed to become too high. The sprinters’ teams led the chase, with Etixx-QuickStep keeping things under control

A crash with 40km to go saw several riders go down, including three from MTN-Qhubeka.

The gap gradually came down and with 12km, they were swept up by the field. The wide road leading towards the finish encourage many teams to try and bring their sprinters to the front, but the roads narrowed kilometre by kilometre, with some dangerous turns near the end.

With less than 2km to go, they took the final turn onto the closing straightaway. Etixx-QuickStep never gave up the lead, and still had three riders ahead of Cavendish going into the final kilometre. Mark Renshaw led Cavendish up to the 500-metre mark, and the sprinter launched himself with 200 metres to go. He took the win by a wheel length.

Cavendish will wear the leader's jersey into stage 3, which is the first climbing stage of the race. The 165.3km stage includes several climbs and a summit finale in Elmali, an 11.5km ascent (6-7%) with the steepest sections in the later part of the climb.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step4:21:32
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
3Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
4Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia
5Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
6Ahmet Orken (Tur) Torku Sekerspor
7Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
8Manuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
9Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
10Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF
11Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
12Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
13Daniel Mclay (GBr) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
14Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani CSF
15Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
16Davide Appollonio (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
17Marco Benfatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
18Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
19Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
20Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
21André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
22Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
23Nicolas Marini (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
24Jarl Salomein (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
25Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
26Martijn Verschoor (Ned) Team Novo Nordisk
27Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
28Tomasz Kiendys (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
29Theo Bos (Ned) MTN - Qhubeka
30Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica GreenEdge
31Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step
32Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
33Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia
34Arman Kamyshev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
35Antonio Viola (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
36Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
37Youcef Reguigui (Alg) MTN - Qhubeka
38Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
39Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
40Mirac Kal (Tur) Torku Sekerspor
41Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
42Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo Nordisk
43Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge
44Fernando Grijalba (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
45Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
46Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
47Shiki Kuroeda (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
48Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Torku Sekerspor
49Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
50Jef Van Meirhaeghe (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
51Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
52Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
53Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia
54Juan Pablo Valencia (Col) Colombia
55Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Southeast Pro Cycling
56Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
57Rafael Andriato (Bra) Southeast Pro Cycling
58Nikolay Trusov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
59Stefan Schumacher (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
60James Vanlandschoot (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
61Sergiy Grechyn (Ukr) Torku Sekerspor
62Heiner Rodrigo Parra Bustamente (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
63Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
64Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Astana Pro Team
65Natnael Berhane (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka
66Carlos Mario Ramirez Botero (Col) Colombia
67Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
68Pieter Jacobs (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
69Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
70Serge Pauwels (Bel) MTN - Qhubeka
71Ken Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
72Malcom Rudolph (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
73Christopher Jones (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
74Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
75Daniel Martínez (Col) Colombia
76Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida
77Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF
78Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
79Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
80Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida
81Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
82Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
83Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
84Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
85Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida
86Bakhtiyar Kozhatayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
87Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
88Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka
89Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
90Jelle Wallays (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
91Genki Yamamoto (Jpn) Nippo - Vini Fantini
92Davide Frattini (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
93Mario Jorge Faria Da Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida
94Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
95Kenny De Ketele (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
96Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka
97Eduard Alexander Beltran Suarez (Col) Tinkoff-Saxo
98Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
99Nazim Bakirci (Tur) Torku Sekerspor
100Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal
101Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
102Songezo Jim (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
103Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
104Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
105Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
106Robert Förster (Ger) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
107Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
108Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Torku Sekerspor
109Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
110Lander Seynaeve (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
111Javier Megias Leal (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
112Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
113Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
114Lucas Euser (USA) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
115Timothy Roe (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
116Samuel Spokes (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
117Frantisek Padour (Cze) Androni Giocattoli
118Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
119Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
120José Gonçalves (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
121Alex Cano Ardila (Col) Colombia
122Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
123Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre-Merida
124Maxat Ayazbayev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
125Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
126Frédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
127Jay Robert Thomson (RSA) MTN - Qhubeka
128Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement
129Edward Fabian Diaz Cardenas (Col) Colombia
130Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
131David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk
132Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Soudal
133Scott Ambrose (NZl) Team Novo Nordisk
134Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
135Nicolas Lefrancois (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
136Damien Howson (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
137Muhammet Atalay (Tur) Torku Sekerspor
138Samuele Conti (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
139Alberto Nardin (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
140Chun Kai Feng (Tpe) Lampre-Merida
141Ahmet Akdylek (Tur) Torku Sekerspor
142Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
143Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
144Alessandro Bazzana (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
145John Bohn Ebsen (Den) Androni Giocattoli
146Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal
147Ramon Carretero (Pan) Southeast Pro Cycling
148Adam Blythe (GBr) Orica GreenEdge
149Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Soudal
150Peter Koning (Ned) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:21
151Tom Devriendt (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:00:25
152Mattia Pozzo (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini0:00:28
153Graeme Brown (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling0:00:36
154Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:42
155Tiziano Dall'antonia (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:00:48
156Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli0:01:11
157Jens Mouris (Ned) Orica GreenEdge0:01:27
158Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
159Juraj Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo0:01:29
160Nikolas Maes (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:01:59
161Andrea Dal Col (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
162Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:01
163Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:02:05
164Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step0:02:57
165Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk0:03:47
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Sprint 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling5pts
2Adrien Niyonshuti (Rwa) MTN - Qhubeka3
3Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert1
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Sprint 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling5pts
2Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk3
3Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step15pts
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida14
3Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF13
4Sebastián Molano (Col) Colombia12
5Daniele Colli (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini11
6Ahmet Orken (Tur) Torku Sekerspor10
7Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo9
8Manuel Belletti (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling8
9Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini7
10Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF6
11Roy Jans (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert5
12Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA4
13Daniel Mclay (GBr) Bretagne-Séché Environnement3
14Andrea Piechele (Ita) Bardiani CSF2
15Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1
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Turkish beauties 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA5pts
2Federico Zurlo (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling3
3Kevin De Mesmaeker (Bel) Team Novo Nordisk1
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Turkish beauties 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step5pts
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida3
3Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF1
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bardiani CSF13:04:36
2Nippo - Vini Fantini
3Androni Giocattoli
4Topsport Vlaanderen - Baloise
5Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6Southeast Pro Cycling
8Bretagne-Séché Environnement
9Torku Sekerspor
11Astana Pro Team
12Team Novo Nordisk