Photo finish puts Mark Cavendish second at Belgium one-day race as upward trajectory continues

The Manxman finished a tyre width behind Tim Merlier at Elfstedenronde

Mark Cavendish
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It took a photo finish to deny Mark Cavendish the victory at the Belgian one-day race Elfstedenronde, and although the Manxman says he knew he was second before the digital assistance, it's another sign that his form is very much back.

"When I crossed the finish line I knew I was second. But you never know. In Turkey I also won a stage when I thought I was actually second," Cavendish told broadcaster Sporza, having finished behind Alpecin-Fenix's Tim Merlier.

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