Mark Cavendish made it three stage wins in a row as his outstanding week at the Tour of Turkey continued on Wednesday.

Having waited three years for the victory that came on Monday, the Manxman is making it look routine as the 35-year-old once again proved himself to be the quickest man in this race.

Cavendish's form, coupled with the early season wins for Sam Bennett, gives the Deceuninck-QuickStep management plenty of options as they plan teams for the summer's Grand Tours.

Last week the Irishman and Cavendish finished second and third respectively in the one-day Belgian Classic in Scheldeprijs, where Jasper Philipsen edged the sprint finish.

Today Philipsen was again the target, and in a messy sprint that saw several riders hit the deck in Kemer, the Belgian made his move too early too early with Cavendish powering home to win the 184km stage from Alanya.

In doing so, Cavendish delivered the 800th victory in the history of the Deceuninck-QuickStep team who handed him a career lifeline this season, and won three in a row for the first time since he took four at the Tour of Qatar in 2013 - when he was with the same team in its days as OmegaPharma-QuickStep.

There will surely be no fourth on Thursday as the mountains loom - Cavendish will also expect to lose the leader's jersey on the road to Elmali - but that is of little concern.

"It's nice," he said. "It's irrelevant how many in a row it is, it's just nice to win again."

Cavendish is ignoring questions about what his victories this week might mean in terms of his race programme for the rest of the season, determined simply to enjoy moments many thought might not come again.

Cavendish won four stages of this race back in 2014 - he is now one behind Andre Greipel's record of 11 victories in Turkey - but said he could not compare his form now with then.

"I've not got a clue because I never had time off then," he said. "I won back in Alanya back in those days and I won here too but in all honesty I wouldn't know.

"There are my first wins back so it's hard to say about any form. We're not playing Cycling Manager where you can see the numbers. It's professional cycling."