Cavendish takes sprint victory in Indicatore

Mark Cavendish (Sky) claimed another mass sprint, taking the win on the second stage of Tirreno-Adriatico in Indicatore. The reigning world champion held off an oncoming Oscar Freire (Katusha), with Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda), who had opened the sprint, finishing third.

Matt Goss, whose GreenEdge team won yesterday's team time trial, retained the blue leader's jersey in Tirreno-Adriatico's first road stage.

Farrar had a strong lead-out by teammate Robbie Hunter and when the recently crowned South African road champion pulled off Farrar kicked into high gear. Cavendish shadowed Farrar, however, and easily came around the Garmin-Barracuda sprinter to go into the lead, but Freire nearly surprised everyone when he squeezed up on the righthand side to take a close second.

With the victory, Cavendish becomes the first reigning world champion to win a stage of Tirreno-Adriatico since 2005, an honour last achieved by none other than today's runner-up Oscar Freire.

The closing sprint was spoiled by a mid-field crash within the final two kilometers which stopped approximately two-thirds of the peloton. Several Colombia-Coldeportes riders were involved, as was Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD). Michael Matthews (Rabobank) was among the injured and had to be taken to hospital.

Race leader Matt Goss was caught up in the crash, but did not hit the pavement. “A lot of our guys were blocked. Goss wasn’t involved in the crash, but he got checked by another rider,” said GreenEdge sports director Matt White.  “We’re lucky that we got through that crash unscathed. The sprint didn’t work out for ‘Gossy’ today, but that’s sprinting. Tomorrow’s another day.”

It was Cavendish's fourth win of the young season and his first ever in Tirreno-Adriatico.  “Everyone is really happy with that. It was an exciting finish and hard to control with some short climbs in the final,” said sports director Servais Knaven. “There were a few attacks and then the last 3km was descending which meant the pace was really high.

“It was not easy to be in the right position to make a sprint but the guys worked together perfectly and made a great lead-out for Cav.”

It wasn't the top step of the podium for Freire, but he was pleased anyway, declaring himself  “quite satisfied” with the day.  “In the final sprint I tried to do my best, but Cavendish slipstreamed Farrar, the man who opened the sprint. That gave him great speed and I wasn't able to close the gap. Anyways, it's another good result which gives me strong motivation to fight for a win during the next days."

A dynamic duo's long day on the attack

The 230km stage got off to an early start under sunshine in San Vincenzo. Diego Caccia (Farnese Vini-Sella Italia) took off immediately after the official start and was soon joined by Stefano Pirazzi (Colnago-CSF Inox).

Their gap quickly sky-rocketed to 7:50, moving GreenEdge to start the chase on the first of the day's two climbs to prevent things from getting dangerously out of control.

The gap came down to the six-minute mark and stayed there, as the rest of the peloton was happy to leave the chase work to the new Australian ProTeam. With Canadian road and time trial champion Svein Tuft (GreenEdge) at the head of the peloton tapping out the tempo, the break's advantage dropped to five minutes by the time the leading duo topped the second climb.

The sprinters had their eye on the finish in Indicatore, and the gap was dropping too slowly for their taste. With 80km still to go Sky and Omega Pharma-QuickStep moved to the front and helped bring things closer together. GreenEdge moved back into the lead when the gap dropped to four minutes with some 75km to go.

The stage concluded with two laps of a 33.4km circuit in Indicatore and as the break rolled through to see two laps to go their lead stood at 4:40. By the time they completed their first lap of the circuit their advantage had plummeted to 52 seconds, largely due to the efforts of GreenEdge's Svein Tuft, and Pirazzi's and Caccia's 200km stint off the front soon came to the expected conclusion with 29km remaining.

GreenEdge kept the pace high, as the sprinters lined up behind them, but control of the field changed as the finish line drew closer. Sky took up the reins and moved in to take over the work at the head of the peloton.

Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack-Nissan) tried to get away with 9km to go, and he was joined and then passed by Astana's Enrico Gasparotto, who himself was then joined by Fabio Taborre (Acqua & Sapone). But the Sky train stayed on track and hunted them down some two kilometers later, with Rabobank and RadioShack-Nissan jumping in as the British team seemed to lose the thread.

With 3km to go, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) attacked over the top of a rise, but they, too, were caught on the ensuing mild descent. A big crash in the middle of the field split the peloton at 1.7 km to go, leaving a group of approximately 40 riders to contest the sprint.

Garmin-Barracuda led the charge under the 1km marker for Farrar, but Cavendish moved up in the last few hundred meters to pass his American rival with a perfectly-timed sprint. Freire closed the gap to the Manxman but the Katusha rider's acceleration came too late to slip past Cavendish.

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Full Results
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling6:32:32
2Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 3 - Cell 2
5Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 4 - Cell 2
6Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 6 - Cell 2
8Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 8 - Cell 2
10Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 9 - Cell 2
11Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 10 - Cell 2
12Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Dominique Rollin (Can) FDJ-Big MatRow 12 - Cell 2
14Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 13 - Cell 2
15Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 14 - Cell 2
16Francisco Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-NissanRow 22 - Cell 2
24Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 23 - Cell 2
25Kristof Goddaert (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 24 - Cell 2
26Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 28 - Cell 2
30Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jérome Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 30 - Cell 2
32Gert Steegmans (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 31 - Cell 2
33Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 32 - Cell 2
34André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 34 - Cell 2
36Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-NissanRow 35 - Cell 2
37Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 36 - Cell 2
38Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-NissanRow 38 - Cell 2
40Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo BankRow 39 - Cell 2
41Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 40 - Cell 2
42Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 43 - Cell 2
45Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 44 - Cell 2
46Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - BarracudaRow 46 - Cell 2
48Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin - BarracudaRow 47 - Cell 2
49Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin - BarracudaRow 48 - Cell 2
50Luca Ascani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 50 - Cell 2
52Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Kristjan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 52 - Cell 2
54Grégory Rast (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 53 - Cell 2
55George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 55 - Cell 2
57Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Gabriel Rasch (Nor) FDJ-Big MatRow 57 - Cell 2
59Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 59 - Cell 2
61Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Frederik Willems (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 63 - Cell 2
65Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Acqua & SaponeRow 64 - Cell 2
66Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo BankRow 65 - Cell 2
67Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo BankRow 66 - Cell 2
68Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 67 - Cell 2
69Rui Costa (Por) Movistar TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Wilson Marentes Torres (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jose Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 73 - Cell 2
75Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISDRow 74 - Cell 2
76Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Michael Schar (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 79 - Cell 2
81Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 80 - Cell 2
82Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 81 - Cell 2
83Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 82 - Cell 2
84Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 83 - Cell 2
85Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 84 - Cell 2
86Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 85 - Cell 2
87Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & SaponeRow 86 - Cell 2
88Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 87 - Cell 2
89Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 88 - Cell 2
90Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 91 - Cell 2
93Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 92 - Cell 2
94Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 93 - Cell 2
95Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 94 - Cell 2
96Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 95 - Cell 2
97Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - BarracudaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 97 - Cell 2
99Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 98 - Cell 2
100Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 100 - Cell 2
102David Tanner (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 101 - Cell 2
103Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 102 - Cell 2
104Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 103 - Cell 2
105Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 104 - Cell 2
106Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Sky ProcyclingRow 105 - Cell 2
107Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 106 - Cell 2
108Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 107 - Cell 2
109Ego Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 108 - Cell 2
110Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 109 - Cell 2
111Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 111 - Cell 2
113Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 112 - Cell 2
114Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 114 - Cell 2
116Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo BankRow 116 - Cell 2
118Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo BankRow 117 - Cell 2
119Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 118 - Cell 2
120Jeremy Hunt (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 119 - Cell 2
121Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 120 - Cell 2
122Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 121 - Cell 2
123Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Acqua & SaponeRow 122 - Cell 2
124Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 123 - Cell 2
125Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 124 - Cell 2
126Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 125 - Cell 2
127Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-NissanRow 126 - Cell 2
128Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 127 - Cell 2
129Juan Horrach Ripoll (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 128 - Cell 2
130Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 129 - Cell 2
131Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
132Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 131 - Cell 2
133Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 132 - Cell 2
134Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-NissanRow 133 - Cell 2
135Hayden Roulston (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 134 - Cell 2
136Jurgen Wandewalle (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 136 - Cell 2
138Arnaud Gerard (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 137 - Cell 2
139Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 138 - Cell 2
140Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 139 - Cell 2
141Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 141 - Cell 2
143Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 142 - Cell 2
144Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 143 - Cell 2
145Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 144 - Cell 2
146Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 145 - Cell 2
147Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 146 - Cell 2
148Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 147 - Cell 2
149Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 148 - Cell 2
150Robinson Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia - ColdeportesRow 149 - Cell 2
151Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 150 - Cell 2
152Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 151 - Cell 2
153Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 152 - Cell 2
154Stuart O'Grady (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Kevin Hulsmans (Bel) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 155 - Cell 2
157Cameron Meyer (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 156 - Cell 2
158Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 157 - Cell 2
159Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
160Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 159 - Cell 2
161Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 160 - Cell 2
162David Millar (GBr) Garmin - BarracudaRow 161 - Cell 2
163Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling0:03:45
164Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:00:00
165Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:00
166Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:00
167Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha Team0:06:46
168Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 167 - Cell 2
169Baden Cooke (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 168 - Cell 2
170Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 169 - Cell 2
171Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:08:30
172Jens Mouris (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:09:43
173Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox0:11:17
174Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 173 - Cell 2
175Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 174 - Cell 2
176Michael Matthews (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team0:00:00
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Points
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling12pts
2Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team3Row 7 - Cell 3
9William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - Montevarchi, 139.4km
1Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia5pts
2Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Second passage of finish, 197km
1Diego Caccia (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia5pts
2Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox3Row 1 - Cell 3
3Svein Tuft (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jens Mouris (Ned) GreenEdge Cycling Team1Row 3 - Cell 3
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