Giro d’Italia 2013: Mark Cavendish wins first stage in sprint finish

Giro d’Italia 2013: Mark Cavendish wins first stage in sprint finish

Britain’s Mark Cavendish won the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia in a dramatic sprint finish in Naples.
Cavendish looked to be in trouble when his lead-out man faltered in the final sprint, but the Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider edged Elia Viviani on the line.
It is his 11th stage win in the Italian race and he will wear the leader’s pink jersey for a fourth time on Sunday.
Sir Bradley Wiggins was 18 seconds back after being held up by a crash but he was given the same time as Cavendish.
The accident, which involved fellow Brit David Millar, who rides for Garmin, occurred in the final three kilometres of the stage and race officials eventually applied the neutralising rule which states that those riders who were in the leading bunch, but held up by a crash, should be awarded the same time as the winner.
Team Sky’s Wiggins is aiming to become the first British winner of the Giro d’Italia, having won the Tour de France in 2012.
The 130km first stage, which featured 207 riders, began and ended in Naples, with Cavendish coming out on top in a dash for the line after eight laps of a short city circuit.
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Stage one standings:
1. Mark Cavendish (GB/Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) 2:58:38″
2. Elia Viviani (Ita/Cannondale) same time
3. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra/FDJ)
4. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/RadioShack)
5. Matthew Goss (Aus/Orica)
6. Francisco Ventoso (Spa/Movistar)
7. Adam Blythe (GB/BMC Racing)
8. Leigh Howard (Aus/Orica)
9. Danilo Hondo (Ger/RadioShack)
10. Brett Lancaster (Aus/Orica)

 

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