Cavendish Sprints To Victory In Giro d’Italia

COPENHAGEN, May 6, 2012 (AFP) – World champion Mark Cavendish showed his
sprint rivals he is still the man to beat as he won the second stage of the
Giro d’Italia 206km around Herning on Sunday.

American Taylor Phinney survived a late crash to hold onto the leaders’
pink jersey.

Phinney lost his chain with about 8km left but his BMC team worked hard to
bring him back into the peloton before the final sprint began.

There was another crash a few hundred metres from the line that took out
some of the sprint contenders but Cavendish was in the right place and kept
his cool to take victory.

Australian Matthew Goss was second with Frenchman Geoffrey Soupe taking
third.

The day began with a three-man break as Alfredo Balloni, Olivier Kaisen and
Miguel Rubiano opened up a lead of 12 minutes at one point.

They were helped by a couple of crashes slowing up the peloton but were
still reeled in with just under 40km to race.

Lars Bak tried to go solo in front of his home crowd but he was swallowed
up with 16km left.

Phinney then fell off the back of the peloton because of his dropped chain.

He looked to have come off his bike and seemed to be sporting an injury but
once he was back up and running again four team-mates quickly came back to
pace him back to the peloton.

The final crash happened on the last bend as two Rabobank riders seemed to
touch wheels, bringing down a host of sprinters.

But Cavendish was clear ahead of that and managed to keep his nerve and
find the right wheel before springing clear to win.

Results from the third stage of the
Four Days of Dunkirk race, a 178 km circuit around Poperinge in Belgium on
Sunday:

Stage
1. Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA) 4hr 01min 22sec, 2. Kevin Lalouette (FRA) at
2sec, 3. Benoit Jarrier (FRA) 20, 4. Jonathan Thire (FRA) same time, 5. David
Boucher (FRA) s.t., 6. Sven Vandousselaere (BEL) 36, 7. Matteo Pelucchi (ITA)
1min 45, 8. Andrew Fenn (GBR) s.t., 9. John Degenkolb (GER) s.t., 10. Claudio
Corioni (ITA) s.t.

Overall standings
1. Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA) 12hr 29min 52sec, 2. Benoit Jarrier (FRA) at 1min
19sec, 3. John Degenkolb (GER) 1min 26, 4. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA) 1min 41, 5.
Jerome Pineau (FRA) 1min 43, 6. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) 1min 46 7. Thomas Voeckler
(FRA) s.t., 8. Julien Guay (FRA) s.t., 9. Romain Zingle (BEL) 1min 49, 10.
Carlos Betancour (COL) s.t.

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