Tour of Turkey: Mark Cavendish outsprinted by Elia Viviani on stage five
Last Updated: 01/05/14 5:31pm
Mark Cavendish missed out on a fourth win in five days at the Tour of Turkey after being beaten into second place by Cannondale’s Elia Viviani on stage five.
Cavendish had been perfectly placed behind Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team-mates Alessandro Petacchi and Mark Renshaw heading into the final 1km in Turgutreis, but when he launched his sprint with just over 200m to go, Viviani emerged from the Manxman’s slipstream and surged past him to win by a more than a bike length.
The 183km stage ended in a bunch finish after a spate of attacks over the day’s final climb were all successfully snuffed out by the sprint trains in the peloton.
Cavendish’s fellow Briton, Adam Yates, of Orica-GreenEdge, crossed the line in the main bunch to consolidate second place overall, six seconds behind leader Rein Taaramae, of Cofidis.
Stage five result
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale
2 Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, same time
3 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka, st
4 Andrea Fedi (Ita) Neri Sottoli, st
5 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert, st
6 Rafael Andriato de Mattas (Bra) Neri Sottoli, st
7 Barry Markus (Ned) Belkin, st
8 Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Lampre-Merida, st
9 Michael van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, st
10 Adam Phelan (Aus) Drapac, st
1 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis
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