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Mark Cavendish wins again in Turkey

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Mark Cavendish wins the second stage of the Tour of Turkey to keep hold of the leader's jersey.

Cavendish out sprinted his rivals at the end of the 174km stage from Alanya to Kemer to claim his second consecutive win after winning yesterday's first stage.

The Manxman was unstoppable in the final sprint after his team set him up with the perfect lead out train. Omega Pharma-Quickstep team-mates Alessandro Petacchi and Mark Renshaw were key in Cavendish's success as they played a vital role in his lead out at the end.

Cavendish got the better of Francesco Chicchi and Niccolo Bonifazio to take the stage win but he may find it hard to retain the leader's jersey tomorrow as stage three ends with a summit finish.

The 28 year old praised his team-mates for helping him throughout the race but especially at the end, according to the Guardian: "The guys rode incredible today. In the end it was perfect. They delivered me perfectly to the line.

"I'm happy we could get another stage here at Tour of Turkey and I'm thankful I could finish the work of the guys again today."

Cav admitted the sprint was harder than expected but he was happy with the result.

According to Cycling News, he said: "Today it was a harder sprint. It was slightly uphill, it was a headwind and it was big roads and it's easy to get swamped, but Omega Pharma-Quickstep did an incredible job in the final - absolutely textbook."

The British rider has showed no signs of illness so far and has had the perfect start considering he hasn't ridden competitively this month.

Cavendish will not ride in the Giro d'Italia this year and instead will take part in the Tour of California and Switzerland after the Tour of Turkey is finished.

This could be a tactical decision because Cavendish raced in the Giro last year but didn't perform in the Tour de France, which is his ultimate yearly goal.

On the form that he has shown so far in the Tour of Turkey it looks like the Missile is back to his best and will put up more of a fight in this years Tour de France against the likes of Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel. However with the pressure of the first stage finishing in him mums home town Harrogate it is hard to tell if he will buckle under the expectation.

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