Mark Cavendish wins Tour of Turkey second stage to end barren run

  • Cavendish ends three-year run without a stage win
  • The 35-year-old was pondering retirement last season

Mark Cavendish won the second stage of the Tour of Turkey, a 144.9km ride around Konya, to end a three-year dry spell on Monday.

The Briton, back with Deceuninck-Quick-Step six years after leaving the Belgian team, outsprinted the Belgian Jasper Philipsen to raise his arms in celebration for the first time since winning the third stage of the Dubai Tour in February 2018.

Related: Nacer Bouhanni speaks out over racist abuse after sprint cycling incident

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Nacer Bouhanni speaks out over racist abuse after sprint cycling incident

  • Bouhanni has been targeted since DQ in race last month
  • ‘It’s sad to read all this, people wanting me to end up in jail’

The former French national road race champion Nacer Bouhanni has spoken out about the racist abuse he has suffered since being disqualified in a race last month.

Bouhanni was disqualified following an illegal move at the one-day Cholet-Pays de la Loire on 28 March. The UCI, cycling’s governing body, cited him for dangerous conduct after he pushed Jake Stewart into the barriers during the final sprint and referred the incident to its disciplinary commission.

Related: Kaspar Asgreen outsprints Mathieu van der Poel to win Tour of Flanders

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Kaspar Asgreen outsprints Mathieu van der Poel to win Tour of Flanders

  • Deceuninck-Quick-Step rider edges the defending champion
  • ‘It was a really, really hard race, we were both on the limit’

Denmark’s Kasper Asgreen claimed the biggest victory of his career when he beat the race favourite, Mathieu van der Poel, to win the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.

Asgreen, of Deceuninck-Quick Step, pipped the defending champion, Van der Poel, of the Netherlands in a two-man sprint finish after 254.3 kilometres between Antwerp and Oudenaarde.

Related: UK Anti-Doping Agency increases retesting of British cyclists' samples

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UK Anti-Doping Agency increases retesting of British cyclists’ samples

  • Review a result of Richard Freeman’s guilty verdict
  • Ukad has already retested samples from 141 British cyclists

A fresh wave of retesting is under way on the blood and urine samples of British cyclists after Richard Freeman, the former British Cycling and Team Sky doctor, was found guilty of ordering banned testosterone for a rider.

The Guardian can also reveal more than a third of all doping samples which the UK Anti-Doping Agency has retested over the past decade have come from British cyclists, making the sport the most retested ahead of athletics.

Related: British Cycling 'reviewing records' after claims of abnormal drugs test

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