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Two wins in two days for Mark Cavendish (+ video)

Deceuninck-Quick Step rider doubles up at Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey after ending three-year winless streak yesterday

Mark Cavendish, who took his first victory in more than three years yesterday at the Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey has doubled up today, winning Stage 3 in Alanya to extend his overall lead in the race.

With the Deceuninck-Quick Step rider coming from the Isle of Man, which has annual rainfall well above the average for the British Isles, the expression “It never rains but it pours” springs to mind – back-to-back stage wins being as good a way as any to end such a long drought, with another flat stage tomorrow providing an opportunity for a hat-trick of victories.

Israel Start-Up Nation had dominated the leadout, working for Andre Greipel who had finished third behind Cavendish and Jasper Philipsen of Alpecin-Fenix yesterday.

Cavendish followed the German as he launched his sprint and, finding space to go past him, sped away to victory with Philipsen once again second and Stanisław Aniołkowski of Bingoal Pauwels Sauces in third place.

It was the 35-year-old's ninth career stage win at the race, although the size of the bunch of bananas he received today is rather smaller than the impressive one he was given in 2015.

Here's what The Cycling Almanack posted to its Twitter page after Cavendish's long-awaited win yesterday ...

... and here's what it posted today.

Is Merckx's record back on? In this kind of form, Cavendish could certainly be presenting his boss with a very nice problem to have going into the 2021 Tour de France... 

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Kendalred | 3 years ago

Three in a row! Chapeau Cav, and well done for keeping away from that horrendous looking pile-up.

wtjs | 3 years ago

Very heartening, although he doesn't have anything left to prove to the general public. He did indeed 'do the job' in the past, and I hope he has more good days in the future. Well done, Cav!

check12 | 3 years ago
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just me that can't see the video? 

mdavidford replied to check12 | 3 years ago
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I can see it. It's very short though - only one frame long...

check12 replied to mdavidford | 3 years ago
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Under trade descriptions I think that has to be referred to as a picture (real tears) 

HarrogateSpa | 3 years ago

Cavendish has often done well on the Tour of Turkey.

I wonder if he wins a load of bananas for this stage?

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