Tour of Turkey 1: CAV

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Mark Cavendish:
"I won this stage as well last year. We talked about the competition at the team meeting and we recognized that there are a lot of big sprinters at the race this year.  So we know it would be chaotic, and it really was in the last kilometers. But Mark Renshaw kind of rounded the troops and they did incredible. Tom Boonen came back to racing from his injury today, and Mark had to actually tell him to go easy when he first went. He was riding that strong. In the sprint I looked behind me, and then I ran up on Mark, so I built up my speed for the jump. When I went I was happy about it. It was nice to finish the job of the guys after what they did today. The guys did great, guys like Guillaume Van Keirsbulck who was on the front all day. As for me, this is also my first race back after taking some time off. I got sick in South Africa and had to stop and get over the virus. Just to stop and reset everything and to now get going again, it is quite nice. I don't think I'm in as good of condition as I could have been without the interruption, but I am definitely happy where I am and also with the strong team of Etixx - Quick-Step. We'll keep going and try to win more at this race."

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Etixx - Quick-Step 3:17:58
2 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
3 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
4 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
5 Theo Bos (Ned) MTN - Qhubeka
6 Michal Kolár (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo
7 Daniele Ratto (Ita) UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling
8 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
9 Brenton Jones (Aus) Drapac Professional Cycling
10 Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling

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