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Cycling: Almeria Classic victory is Mark Cavendish’s fifth win of 2015

Mark Cavendish continued his excellent start to the season as he sprinted to victory in the one-day Almeria Classic race in southern Spain.

The Isle of Man rider, 29, edged out Spaniard Juan Jose Lobato and Mark Renshaw of Australia to win the 185.9km (115.51 miles) race.

Cavendish, who recently took an overall victory at the Tour of Dubai,won in four hours 36 minutes 19 seconds.

The victory is the Etixx-QuickStep cyclist’s fifth of 2015.

Cavendish said: “By the time I went it was just a matter of finishing off the race for the win. It was perfect. I am super happy and proud about the way the team controlled the race the entire day.

“Now we just need to keep up this team atmosphere and keep trying to win races.”

Final overall standings:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Etixx-QuickStep (4:36;19)
2. Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar
3. Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx-QuickStep
4. Valeri Agnoli (Ita) Astana
5. Edward Theuns (Bel) Topsport

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Cycling: Dubai Tour: Cavendish sprints to second season win

Mark Cavendish secured his second victory of the season after winning the opening stage of the Dubai Tour in a sprint finish.

Cavendish, cycling for Etixx-Quick Step, pipped Italians Andrea Guardini, of Astana, and Team Sky’s Elia Viviani, to the end of the 90-mile route from the Dubai International Marine Club to the Union House Flag.

The win follows the Briton’s victory at the Tour de San Luis in Argentina last week.

“I’m super happy with my form and the cohesion between Etixx-Quick Step,” he said. “We really rode strong as a team in Argentina and we rode really well as a team in Dubai today. All winter I was happy.

“At training camp it was such a strong ambiance. We knew we’d start off on a good note this season. We won more than 60 races last year and we want to try and or better than this year.

“It’s not going to be a big ask I don’t think, because we can feel the desire and motivation to go out as a unit and win.”

Meanwhile, fellow Briton Lizzie Armitstead was third on stage two of the women’s Tour of Qatar to sit second overall.

The Commonwealth Games champion was three seconds behind Ellen van Dijk on the 70-mile route from Al Zubarah Fort to Madinat Al Shamal, which the Dutchwoman won.

Van Dijk and Armitstead are team-mates on the Boels Dolmans squad and the Yorkshirewoman may ride in support of the Dutchwoman in the race, which finishes on Friday.

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Tour of Britain: Cavendish edged by Kittel as Van Baarle wins title

Mark Cavendish lost out by inches to Marcel Kittel in a sprint finish on the final stage of the Tour of Britain, as Dylan van Baarle won the overall race.

Van Baarle took the leader’s yellow jersey on Saturday’s seventh stageand retained his lead after Sunday’s time trial, won by Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The Dutch Garmin-Sharp rider then finished safely in the peloton on the final stage to win by 10 seconds.

Michal Kwiatkowski was second overall and defending champion Wiggins third.

The 2012 Tour de France winner was a further 12 seconds back, having moved up from seventh after the time trial, which was the first of Sunday’s two stages in central London.

An early five-man breakaway formed on the final stage – over 10 laps of the 8.8km circuit used earlier for the time trial – but they were caught with 5.5km left as the sprinters’ teams fought for position ahead of a hectic dash for the line.

It pitted Kittel against Cavendish on Whitehall and just as it looked like the Manxman had edged ahead, the German came back to pip him on the line for yet another win on British and Irish soil in 2014.

It means he has won Giro d’Italia stages in Belfast and Dublin, Tour de France stages in Harrogate and London and Tour of Britain stages in Liverpool and London.

“It’s nice to finish the Tour in the centre of London,” said Cavendish.

“Bradley won this morning and I’d like to have won this afternoon.”

Van Baarle was rewarded for his decisive move in Saturday’s stage to record the biggest win of his career.

“I was expecting top 10. It means a lot,” he said. “I will remember this day my whole life.”

Wiggins was happy with his efforts over the week, ahead of the Road World Championships in Ponferrada, Spain, which begin on 21 September.

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Tour de France : S1 : Kittel Wins As Cavendish Crashes Out

Mark Cavendish’s bid for the yellow jersey ended in a heap as the Manxman tumbled to the tarmac in a dramatic conclusion to the opening stage of the 101st Tour de France in Harrogate.

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Cavendish was bidding for a 26th Tour stage win of his career in his mother’s home town and a first yellow jersey, but collided with Australian Simon Gerrans in the final 500 metres and was seen clutching his shoulder and midrift as he rolled over the line.

Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) won the 190.5-kilometre opening stage from Leeds to claim the yellow jersey on the opening day for a second successive year.

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