Cycling - Cavendish makes it three wins from four in Turkey

Mark Cavendish continued his scintillating form at the Tour of Turkey with his third victory on stage four.

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Cavendish benefited from the selfless work of his Omega Pharma - Quick-Step team-mates as they provided the perfect lead-out for the Manxman to take a comfortable victory.

Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida) finished second with Cavendish’s colleague Mark Renshaw taking third.

Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) maintained his six second lead in the general classification ahead of Britain’s Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEdge).

A deluge of rain early in the 132km ride between Fethiye and Marmaris led to the race being neutralised and briefly stopped after a series of crashes.

The day’s breakaway had an advantage of 2:30 when the race resumed but the chasing pack steadily reeled them in and overhauled them on the final ascent.

Cavendish – guarded by his team-mates – safely navigated the climb and from that point on victory never looked in doubt as Quick-Step hit the front and controlled the latter stages.

Stage four result

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 3:14:23

2 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida

3 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma-QuickStep

4 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN - Qhubeka

5 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale

6 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team

7 Aldo Ino Ilesic (Slo) Unitedhealthcare Presented By Maxxis

8 Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha Team

9 Ahmet Orken (Tur) Torku Sekerspor

10 Michael Van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise

General classification

1 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 16:00:54

2 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEDGE 0:00:06

3 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:00:38

4 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA

5 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) MTN - Qhubeka

6 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto-Belisol Team 0:00:43

7 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Torku Sekerspor 0:00:44

8 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale

9 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF

10 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team

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