Cavendish wins first lap in Tour of Turkey

Great Britain's Mark Cavendish wins the first lap in 50th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey

Great Britain's Mark Cavendish wins the first lap in 50th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey

ANTALYA - British cyclist Mark Cavendish, racing for Belgian team OmegaPharma-Quick Step, has won the first lap of the 50th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey in the Alanya province of Antalya.

The road-racer won the 141 km-long lap in three hours, 15 minutes and 43 seconds from among 154 cyclists from 20 different teams.

He was followed by Italian Elia Viviani from the Cannondale team, while Theo Bos from the Netherlands finished the race in third position. 

"I felt so good and the race went well for me. The race was good for my team as well and I received a recompense for my work by finishing the lap as the winner," said Cavendish in a press meeting on Sunday.

After expressing how glad he felt about racing in Turkey, he added that he had competed against several important figures and was now in good form, although he would be even better next month.

He praised his team for their success and stated that the trust and support the Belgian team had given had helped him materially and spiritually.

The second lap of the 50th Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey will be made on Monday on a 175 km-long lap located between the provinces of Alanya and Kemer.

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