Cavendish wins Giro stage 13 in Cervere

Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) claimed his third Giro d'Italia stage win in what was the best bunch sprint of the race so far. It also demonstrated the Briton’s ability to remain cool and plot a way to the front when for several moments it seemed that his chance had gone.

After his Sky lead-out train had taken over the pace-making 1500m from the finish in Cervere, Cavendish found himself trapped against the left-hand barriers going into the final 500m when Orica-GreenEdge came through very close on their right to set up Matt Goss. For a couple of seconds, it looked like Cavendish would get lost in the pack behind the Australian and his team-mates, but the Manxman showed why he is a master at getting out of a tight situation as he picked his way through half a dozen riders.

With two Sky riders still ahead of him but not able to allow him past as Goss’s train steamed by, Cavendish moved across onto the wheel of Garmin’s Robbie Hunter as the sprint was launched. The world champion then jumped into a gap that opened up alongside the left-hand barriers, freewheeled momentarily as the gap closed, then once again saw daylight ahead and was off towards it in an instant.

At the line he was more than a bike length clear of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha), with Mark Renshaw (Rabobank) third. Goss finished in sixth place and lost significant ground on Cavendish in the battle for the red points jersey.

"It's taken me a week to recover from the crash that I had but every day I'm feeling better and better," said Cavendish. "Everything turned out perfectly for me in the finale. The team did a good job, my friends are very committed, but Geraint and the other lack a bit of experience. Give us a little time and our train will be perfect."

Asked about his former lead-out man Renshaw, who had his best finish of this race so far, Cavendish commented: "I miss him, not only in the race but also because he is a friend. Mark is the best mate you could have and I always have a great feeling when he is around. Now I am in the red jersey I am motivated to stay in the Giro until Milan. But we'll see if I can finish the mountain stages within the time limit."

There was no change in the overall standings. Joaquim Rodríguez retained the pink jersey going into a crucial weekend of racing, featuring back-to-back summit finishes. In fact, the shortest road stage of the race was also the quietest so far, run at a steady rather than a frantic pace and with few incidents of note until the closing moments.

Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Francesco Failli (Farnese Vini) went clear in the opening kilometres, opening a gap of five-and-a-half minutes with 40km covered. That was as much leeway as they were allowed. Sky and FDJ joined forces to set a steady pace behind them. The two-man escape was finally nullified with 21km remaining.

From then on, the main interest was in seeing which sprint line could dominate the pace-making. In fact, no one team could for very long as all of the sprinters and overall contenders seemed determined to stick close to the front. At times there were three or four separate trains spearheading the front of the bunch.

The only break from this fascinating duel came on a rise with 6.5km left. Fabio Felline (Androni), Julien Berard (Ag2r) and Julien Vermote (Omega Pharma) went away, but were reeled in by the bunch after just 2km of freedom. Saxo Bank briefly took over at the front, only to lose out to Sky, who didn’t get their lead-out right but still came away with the win thanks to their sprinter’s quick thinking and blistering acceleration.

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Full Results
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling3:02:07
2Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 2 - Cell 2
4Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 3 - Cell 2
5Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 6 - Cell 2
8Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo BankRow 7 - Cell 2
9Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 8 - Cell 2
10Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 9 - Cell 2
11Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 11 - Cell 2
13Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 12 - Cell 2
14Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 14 - Cell 2
16Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo BankRow 15 - Cell 2
17Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-NissanRow 16 - Cell 2
18Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 18 - Cell 2
20Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 19 - Cell 2
21Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 20 - Cell 2
22Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetAppRow 21 - Cell 2
23Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 22 - Cell 2
24Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 25 - Cell 2
27José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 27 - Cell 2
29Andrea Guardini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 28 - Cell 2
30Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 30 - Cell 2
32Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 31 - Cell 2
33Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 38 - Cell 2
40Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 40 - Cell 2
42Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 42 - Cell 2
44Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 44 - Cell 2
46Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 45 - Cell 2
47Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 47 - Cell 2
49Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 49 - Cell 2
51Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 50 - Cell 2
52Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 51 - Cell 2
53Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 52 - Cell 2
54Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 54 - Cell 2
56Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo BankRow 55 - Cell 2
57Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 57 - Cell 2
59Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - BarracudaRow 60 - Cell 2
62Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 61 - Cell 2
63John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 62 - Cell 2
64Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 64 - Cell 2
66Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 65 - Cell 2
67Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 66 - Cell 2
68Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 67 - Cell 2
69Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 68 - Cell 2
70Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 69 - Cell 2
71Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 71 - Cell 2
73Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 76 - Cell 2
78Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 78 - Cell 2
80Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 79 - Cell 2
81Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 80 - Cell 2
82Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 81 - Cell 2
83Carlos José Ochoa (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 82 - Cell 2
84Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 83 - Cell 2
85Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
87Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 86 - Cell 2
88Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 87 - Cell 2
89Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin - BarracudaRow 88 - Cell 2
90Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La MondialeRow 89 - Cell 2
91Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-NissanRow 90 - Cell 2
92Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 91 - Cell 2
93Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 93 - Cell 2
95Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 95 - Cell 2
97Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 96 - Cell 2
98José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 97 - Cell 2
99Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 98 - Cell 2
100Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-NissanRow 99 - Cell 2
101Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 100 - Cell 2
102Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 101 - Cell 2
103Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 103 - Cell 2
105Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin - BarracudaRow 106 - Cell 2
108Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 108 - Cell 2
110Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 110 - Cell 2
112Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 111 - Cell 2
113Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 112 - Cell 2
114Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team NetAppRow 114 - Cell 2
116Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 115 - Cell 2
117Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetAppRow 116 - Cell 2
118Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
119Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 120 - Cell 2
122Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 121 - Cell 2
123Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 122 - Cell 2
124Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 123 - Cell 2
125Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 124 - Cell 2
126Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 126 - Cell 2
128Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 127 - Cell 2
129Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 128 - Cell 2
130Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetAppRow 129 - Cell 2
131Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 130 - Cell 2
132Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 132 - Cell 2
134Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:00:21
135Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:22
136Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD0:00:24
137Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 136 - Cell 2
138Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo BankRow 137 - Cell 2
139Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:00:27
140Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 139 - Cell 2
141Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:00:29
142Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
143Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:30
144Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 143 - Cell 2
145Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-Quickstep0:00:33
146Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:45
147Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 146 - Cell 2
148Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:47
149Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:50
150Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo BankRow 149 - Cell 2
151Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 150 - Cell 2
152Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling0:00:56
153Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 152 - Cell 2
154Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:00:59
155Stefan Denifl (Aut) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:01:03
156Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 155 - Cell 2
157Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia0:01:32
158Alfredo Balloni (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 157 - Cell 2
159Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 158 - Cell 2
160Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - BarracudaRow 159 - Cell 2
161Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin - BarracudaRow 160 - Cell 2
162Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 161 - Cell 2
163Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat0:03:24
164Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:04:09
165Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetAppRow 164 - Cell 2
166Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:05:01
167Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 166 - Cell 2
168Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi