Olympic24: Cavendish maintains lead as Thomas loses his

Olympic24: Cavendish maintains lead as Thomas loses his

30 April 2015 / 07:53

Mark Cavendish is still the man to beat in Turkey, but Geraint Thomas sees a puncture ruin his Tour de Romandie hopes. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours.

  • Mark Cavendish fails to sprint to stage four victory at the Tour of Turkey but keeps hold of leader’s jersey
  • Geraint Thomas hands his leader’s jersey over at the Tour de Romandie following puncture
  • Adam Gemili impressed with current standard of British sprinting
  • Ben Swift is hoping for home advantage in Tour de Yorkshire
  • Tom Daley is not surprised by Jack Laugher’s recent golden form
  • Sarah Barrow can’t help but turn her attentions to Rio

Cavendish maintains lead in Turkey

Mark Cavendish kept hold of the points leader's jersey at the Tour of Turkey despite being unable to contest the sprint finish to Wednesday's stage four in Marmaris.

Cavendish was one of several riders dropped on the final climb a few kilometres from the finish, and although his Etixx - Quick-Step team did their best to drag him back they could not rejoin the leading group.

Lotto Soudal's Andre Greipel beat Nippo-Vini Fantini's Daniele Colli while Daniele Ratto of UnitedHealthcare in third, although Cavendish – who won the first two stages – remains top of the points standings on 30, with Ratto now level in second place.

Thomas loses Romandie lead

A puncture saw Geraint Thomas lose his lead at the Tour de Romandie with Michael Albasini replacing him in the yellow jersey after winning stage two.

Team Sky’s Thomas had to stop for a wheel change just as the peloton began to break apart over the last of the 166.1km day’s four climbs and the Welshman was unable to catch back up.

Thomas eventually crossed the line 4:12 minutes down on the leaders in 69th place and will now revert to supporting team leader Froome for the rest of the race, the latter sitting third after finishing 23rd.

There are still two Britons in overall contention, however, after Simon Yates moved up to fourth, ten seconds off the lead, thanks to a 29th-place finish on the day.

Gemili impressed by state of British sprinting

Adam Gemili admits current competition in British sprinting means securing his place on the team must be his first priority ahead of any thoughts of a World Championship medal this summer.

Gemili enjoyed a successful 2014, winning double Commonwealth Games silver in Glasgow before upgrading to gold in the 200m and 4x100m at the subsequent European Championships in Zurich.

The next major target on the 21-year-old’s agenda will be on climbing the World Championship medal rostrum in Beijing.

However his place in the team is far from guaranteed with Great Britain enjoying a spike in sprinting success in recent times, including James Dasoulu and Chijindu Ujah dipping under ten seconds in the 100m.

"Sprinting is at another level right now," said Gemili. "I've got to make the British team first before thinking of the World Championships but once I do that I'll aim for a medal, aim for the top.

"Breaking the 10-second barrier in the 100m is definitely an aim. It's not the biggest goal of the year but once you go for medals these times will automatically come."

Swift hoping for home advantage

Ben Swift is hoping local knowledge pays dividends ahead of this weekend's Tour de Yorkshire.

Swift watched last year's Tour de France weave its way through his home county from the sidelines but is hoping to shine in the inaugural three-stage race, which features Olympic champions Sir Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy and Steven Burke and 11-time Grand Tours stage winner Marcel Kittel.

“This already feels like a massive race, no doubt because of the Tour last year. It took the Tour of Britain quite a few years to build up momentum, but this already feels big."

Daley impressed by Laugher

The poster boy of British diving for the last seven years, Tom Daley has found himself somewhat overshadowed of late by the performances of Jack Laugher.

But with Rio 2016 less than 18 months away, the Olympic bronze medallist is relishing the chance to share the spotlight, confident his teammate’s golden start to the season means there is more to come.

“Jack Laugher is unstoppable at the moment, the best in the world on the springboard and he’s doing well,” Daley said.

“I definitely saw Jack’s success coming; it was just a matter of time for him to believe in what he can do.

“His talent is amazing and it took him in Dubai to do the first competition where he got all of his dives spot on and when he did that it must have triggered in his mind that actually he could do this.”

Barrow has Rio in her sights

Sarah Barrow is hoping familiarity breeds extra respect as she looks towards next year's Rio Olympics.

Barrow and synchro diving partner Tonia Couch are now established as one of the world's leading partnerships, as former European champions and silver medallists at last year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Together they won bronze at the last edition of the Diving World Series in Kazan, which means they head to this weekend's event at London's Olympic pool in confident mood.

"You don't get into the World Series unless you are in the world's top eight but that's not enough, you want to be regularly contesting for the medals," said Barrow, who also won the individual 10m platform title at last year's European Championships in Berlin.

"It's an advantage to qualify because when you get to the big events like the Olympics or World Championships, the judges remember you and know you better.

"If you’ve got medals then it gives a push to the judges to recognise you and see you as an elite pair."

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