Tour of Turkey: Adam Yates retains lead as Elia Viviani beats Mark Cavendish on stage seven
Last Updated: 03/05/14 3:20pm
Elia Viviani beat Andrea Guardini, right, into second and Mark Cavendish, left, into third
Elia Viviani out-sprinted Mark Cavendish to win stage seven of the Tour of Turkey in Izmir as Britain’s Adam Yates avoided a flurry of late crashes to retain his overall lead of the race.
Cavendish was given the perfect lead-out by his Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team-mates but succumbed to a searing late charge from Cannondale’s Viviani, and was also overtaken at the death by Astana’s Andrea Guardini.
Yates safely steered his way past two big crashes in the last 1km to finish in the peloton and ensure he keeps his slender, one-second advantage in the general classification over Rein Taaramae going into Sunday’s rolling final stage in Istanbul.
The 21-year-old from Bury, who rides for Orica-GreenEdge, took the leader’s jersey by winning stage six and now faces a potentially tense battle with his Estonian rival on a 121km final day.
Yates said: "We eased up a little bit as we went through that last corner. We lost a couple places so we didn’t come down. In that second crash, we just got lucky.
"We were going pretty fast. When you’re going at such high speeds, you don’t have time to slow down, but we did manage to avoid it. Other than that, the day was quite stress-free."
Viviani’s victory was his second of the race, while Cavendish’s win tally for the eight-day event stays on three.
Stage seven result
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale, 3:04:25
2 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Astana, same time
3 Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, st
4 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Lotto Belisol, st
5 Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin, st
6 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka, st
7 Ahmet Orken (Tur) Torku Sekerspor, st
8 Michael van Staeyen (Bel) Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, st
9 Ken Hanson (USA) UnitedHealthcare, st
10 Wouter Wippert (Ned) Drapac, st
1 Adam Yates (GB) Orica-GreenEdge, 27:51:22
2 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, +1sec
3 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, +39
4 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale, +40
5 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice, +44
6 Juan Jose Cobo (Spa) Torku Sekerspor, +45
7 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida, st
8 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, +47
9 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol, +54
10 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF, +1:04