Mark Cavendish wins Tour of Turkey stage four as Omega Pharma - Quick-Step dominate
Last Updated: 30/04/14 5:28pm
Mark Cavendish sprinted to his third victory of the Tour of Turkey and fifth of the season with a dominant display on stage four.
The 28-year-old Briton was given a textbook lead-out by his Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team-mates and won comfortably ahead of second-placed Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida) in Marmaris.
Cavendish, who safely crested a late climb at the head of the race, had four colleagues still in front of him entering the final 1.5km and had little trouble in finishing off their good work.
Fellow Briton Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge) finished in the peloton to consolidate second place in the general classification, still six seconds adrift of leader Rein Taaramae (Cofidis).
The 124.2km stage had earlier been stopped and then restarted after heavy rain made road surfaces treacherous and triggered a spate of crashes.
Stage four result
1 Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, 3:14:23
2 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida, same time
3 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, st
4 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka, st
5 Elia Viviabni (Ita) Cannondale, st
6 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin, st
7 Aldo Ilesic (Slo) UnitedHealthcare, st
8 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha, st
9 Ahmet Orken (Tur) Torku Sekerspor, st
10 Michael van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, st
1 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, 16:00:54
2 Adam Yates (GB) Orica-GreenEdge, +6secs
3 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, +38
4 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, same time
5 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka, st
6 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol, +43
7 Juan Jose Cobo (Spa) Torku Sekerspor, +44
8 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale, st
9 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF, st
10 Alexandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana, st