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Mark Cavendish wins Scheldeprijs Classic for third time

Mark Cavendish
Cavendish has 64 stage wins in his professional career

Mark Cavendish sprinted to his second victory this year, in the 200km one-day Scheldeprijs Classic in Belgium.

The victory is the Manx cyclist's first in Europe in 2011 - he won the final stage of the Tour of Oman in February.

He delivered a trademark finish to overcome Russian Denis Galimzyanov and Yauheni Hutarovich of Belarus.

"The team did a perfect job, chasing down the break and then getting me to the front as they always do," said the 25-year-old.

The victory is the HTC-Highroad rider's third career title at the event.

It takes him level with Piet Oellibrandt's record of three wins, following his previous triumphs in 2007 and 2008.

"I'm racing a lot this season, and I've had some bad luck, so it's good I can get the wins in, too," he added.

"My next race will be Paris-Roubaix and then I'll build up for the Tour de France, with the Tour of Italy and the Tour de Suisse."

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