ISTANBUL, May 04, 2014 (AFP) – Young Briton Adam Yates won the Tour of
Turkey after compatriot Mark Cavendish claimed victory on Sunday’s eighth and
final stage around Istanbul.
The 21-year-old Orica-GreenEDGE rider claimed his first major professional
victory with Estonia’s Rein Taaramae finishing second, five seconds adrift,
and Frenchman Romain Hardy third at 39sec.
For Cavendish, it was his fourth stage victory of the race, having reigned
supreme earlier in the week before Italian Elia Viviani beat him in sprint
finishes on the fifth and seventh stages.
But this time, the Omega-Pharma rider — a former world champion and
25-time stage winner in the Tour de France — beat Viviani into second in the
final 121km stage, with another Italian, Andrea Guardini third.
And sprint-king Cavendish was relieved to have found a solution to his
previous defeats to Viviani.
“I think yesterday, I watched the video repeatedly unsure of what I did
wrong,” said Cavendish.
“Finally I realised the speed was so high — my strength is getting the
jump — once we get up to such a high speed my strength is significantly
“So, today I just let it die off so I could kick again and then I could get
Yates had worn the leader’s blue jersey since winning the hilly sixth stage
on Friday, taking it from previous incumbent Taaramae.
1. Mark Cavendish (GBR/Omega) 2hr 35min 00sec, 2. Elia Viviani
(ITA/Cannondale) same time, 3. Andrea Guardini (ITA/Astana) s.t., 4. Kris
Boeckmans (BEL/LTB) s.t., 5. Greg Henderson (NZL/LTB) s.t.
1. Adam Yates (GBR/Orica) 30h26:22, 2. Rein Taaramae (EST/Cofidis) at 5sec,
3. Romain Hardy (FRA/Cofidis) 39, 4. Davide Formolo (ITA/Cannondale) 40, 5.
Davide Rebellin (ITA/CCC Polsat) 44