Mark Cavendish (Deceuninck-Quick Step) won the second stage of the Turkey Tour (2.Pro), his first win in more than three years. The Briton set out in the race after 144.9 kilometers in Konya, ahead of compatriot Jasper Phillipsen (Albicin-Phoenix) and Andrei Gribel (emerging nation of Israel). Cavendish receives the leader’s jersey from Sunday Stage Winner Arvid de Klein (Cycling Rally)
After the modified opening stage and shortened stage in Konya on Sunday, peloton started again on Monday in the same host city and the ending was at the same venue. This time the riders had to cover 144.9 kilometers on a predetermined stage for runners.
After falling into the neutral zone, the race finally started a little later than expected, but once it started, few riders immediately took their chance at an early breakup. Samuel Zuccaratto, Vitali Potts Artium Zakharov, Juan Antonio Lopez-Cozaar, Simeon Tracz, Ulysses Castillo, Gozo Xperia, Mendert and Yolink, collected up to a two-minute bonus in Peloton where the cycling rally, Albicin-Phoenix, Uno-X and Deceuninck fast-step.
9.7 km away, the last refugees were captured, the runner teams organized themselves and wanted to avoid a scenario such as Sunday, when the peloton broke at the last kilometer. Fabio Jacobsen would not be competing in the race either, he put the work to his team 5 km from the end and then let the Cavendish lead go ahead.
Israel Start Up-Nation fired Greipel with four men, but the German failed to finish third. Jasper Phillipsen seemed to have the best cards and saw his train running at 650 meters, but he ended up taking the lead early and spotting Mark Cavendish, which is good for his first win since February 8, 2018 when he won a stage. On a Dubai tour.
The race to win the “CAF”:
Cavendish fell into the arms of teammate Fabio Jacobsen afterward: