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Apr 27, 2015 – The stage started in intense sunshine and still conditions. After 23km of racing, three riders attacked: Lluis Mas (Caja Rural – RGA, dossard 96), Adrien Niyonshuti (MTN – Qhubeka, 135), Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty – Groupe Gobert, 197).
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They were soon joined by Kevin De Mesmaeker (Team Novo Nordisk, 162) and Federico Zurlo (UnitedHealthcare, 188), who was wearing the Red Jersey of the mountains leader, but declared yesterday a greater interest in the Beauties of Turkey sprint competition, which he also led. These five formed the breakaway of the day.
19 km before the finish, Cavendish’s main lead-out man Mark Renshaw had a front-wheel puncture, which added tension to the very fast turn in to the finish. Within 4 km he had regained the back of the peloton The breakaway was caught with 12 kilometres still to ride.
Mark Cavendish (Etixx – Quick Step), Winner, Stages one and two
Stage finish: “Renshaw had a puncture inside the final 20 km, and I finished the stage with a slow puncture. With five kilometres to go, my wheel went away from me. I had a look back. It wasn’t flat, but it was spongey. The train was already working, so I thought, ‘Oh God, if I stop, Renshaw will have done all that work to get back for nothing, so I thought I’d give it a crack. [Modolo] came past us early, so Renshaw had to go a lot earlier that yesterday. He was really trying to hang on, and by the time I came past, he was slowing down.
Form guide: ”After a month without racing, you never quite know exactly where you are. Me and Fabio Sabatini did some big weeks training in the last few weeks. I’m at the same level as I was this time last year, when I won four stages.”
Sacha Modolo (Lampre – Merida) 2n in stage two: “I feel more competitive each day, and I caught a glimpse of victory when I started my sprint 300m from the finish line, although Cavendish caught me just before the line. I and still looking for my first win of the season. I’m disappointed, because I did a good sprint, and I could have won. I wanted to win here, just like I want to win at the the Giro d’Italia next week, to give my team confidence.”
Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani-CSF), 3rd in stage two: “Perhaps yesterday I spoke too soon. I was well positioned today, but, for the second day running, I was taking on some really high level sprinters. But I’m getting into very good shape here in Turkey.”
Final Kilometers of Stage 2
Results Stage 2:
1. Mark Cavendish (Etixx – Quick Step)
2. Sacha Modolo (Lampre – Merida)
3. Nicola Ruffoni (Bardiani CSF)
4. Sebastián Molano (Team Colomibia)
5. Daniele Colli (Nippo – Vini Fantini)
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