Mark Cavendish wins stage two of Tour of Turkey to claim first win in over three years

The 35-year-old, who has 30 Tour de France stage victories, had not won anywhere since February 2018 and had been suffering from the Epstein-Barr virus.

Agence France-Presse April 12, 2021 20:37:44 IST
Mark Cavendish wins stage two of Tour of Turkey to claim first win in over three years

File image of Mark Cavendish. AFP

Paris: British cycling ace Mark Cavendish won stage two of the Tour of Turkey on Monday for his first victory in more than three years.

The 35-year-old, who has 30 Tour de France stage victories, had not won anywhere since February 2018 and had been suffering from the Epstein-Barr virus.

But on Monday powered to a narrow win, overtaking Jasper Philipsen on the line after a 144.9km circuit around the town of Konya.

"It's incredible, it's super nice and I never get tired of this feeling," Cavendish said.

The victory gave him the overall lead in the race after he also came fourth on Sunday's opener.

The Manxman was also swift to thank Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere for having given him a contract in the New Year.

"Some people didn't think I could get back to winning, but he did and for that I am grateful," he said.

It was also a big moment for another Quick-Step sprinter, Fabio Jakobsen, who is making his return after cheating death at the Tour of Poland eight months ago.

"What made me super proud was that Fabio was involved in this, working at the front in the finale together with the other guys, especially after what he has been through," Cavendish said.

"This team is a family and I am happy to be part of it."

Sunday had already been a big day for the Belgian team as the 24-year-old Jakobsen received a standing ovation at the start after fighting his way back from his injuries which included several skull fractures as well as losing all his teeth at the Tour of Poland last year.

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