Cavendish Wins Sprint in Giro d’Italia Stage 13

May 18, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
Sky's Mark Cavendish won his third stage in the Giro d'Italia and secured his hold on the points leader's red jersey. (teamsky.com)
Sky's Mark Cavendish won his third stage in the Giro d'Italia and secured his hold on the points leader's red jersey. (teamsky.com)

Mark Cavendish of Sky won yet another stage in the Giro d’Italia, taking the sprint in Stage 13. Cavendish used Robbie Hunter as a leadout as GreenEdge squeezed out the Sky train. The Manx Missile went left around hunter, blasted past GreenEdge’s Matthew Goss, and showed once again he is “The Fastest Man in the World.”

“I’m really, really happy and it’s nice to finally get another win,” Cavendish said on the Sky website. “The guys went out and just rode their hearts out today and I’m so, so proud. After they did that I had to win; I had to find some gap to get through.

“It was just a question of waiting for that moment and then taking my chance. It was a headwind finish which probably played into my hands a little bit after leaving it late.”

Cavendish scored two sprint wins in Stages Two and Five, but he also crashed hard in Stage Three.

“I’m feeling better again every day. I came into the Giro in really good form and ideally I’d have liked to have been able to kind of relax through the first week but the crash changed all that,” he explained.

“It took me a week to really fully recover and get my legs back again. The guys are really looking after me though; they are keeping me protected throughout the stages, which is perfect, and I want to go to Milan and win the points jersey.”

A short stage, only 121 km, Stage 13 was one of the last opportunities for sprinters to come out and play. most of the rest of the race will be high int he mountains, where the climbers dominate and the sprinters will be hard-pressed to finish withing the time limit.one of the last chances sprinters will have to show their speed.

Two riders, Martijn Keizer of Vacansoleil-DCM and Francesco Failli of Farnese Vini attacked in the first few kilometers, but they never had a chance. The sprinters’ teams wanted a sprint finish; no breakaway was going to spoil that.

The peloton kept the break within a minute or two for most of the stage, then shut it down with 22 km to go to prepare for the finish.

There was only one attack after the break was caught; 6.6 km from the line, Ag2R’s Julian Berard led Androni’s Fabio Felline and Quickstep’s Julien Vermote in a brief attempt which was reeled in within 1200 meters.

Saxo Bank took up the pace-setting, hoping to set up their man J.J. Haedo, but Sky wasn’t having that; the British team forced its way to the front, was squeezed aside by Saxo Bank, and pushed back with 1200 meters to go.

Sky looked to be pulling off the perfect leadout, but Orica-GreenEdge managed to shoulder them aside in the final kilometer. Cavendish, adept at his task, latched onto the wheel of Garmin’s Robbie Hunter, who was following Goss of GreenEdge. When Goss launched, Cavendish cut left around Hunter, paused a moment to make sure the way was clear, and exploded past the GreenEdge rider to take the win by a bike-length.

Starting tomorrow the route is all uphill—a pair of mountaintop finishes precede Monday’s rest day, followed by more days in the mountains. Stage 18 is all downhill; if there are any sprinters left, they will win this one. Stages 19 and 20 are huge mountaintop finish stages; if any sprinters can survive, they might contest the final stage on the streets of Milan.

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Giro d’Italia Stage 13

 

rider

team

time

1

Mark Cavendish

Sky Procycling

3:02:07

2

Alexander Kristoff

Katusha

 

3

Mark Renshaw

Rabobank

 

4

Sacha Modolo

Colnago-CSF Inox

 

5

Elia Favilli

Farnese Vini

 

6

Matthew Harley Goss

Orica GreenEdge

 

7

Arnaud Demare

FDJ-Big Mat

 

8

Lucas Sebastian Haedo

Saxo Bank

 

9

Sonny Colbrelli

Colnago-CSF Inox

 

10

Manuel Belletti

Ag2R

 

General Classification after Stage 13

 

rider

team

time

1

Joaquim Rodriguez

Katusha

54:21:15

2

Ryder Hesjedal

Garmin-Barracuda

0:00:17

3

Sandy Casar

FDJ-Big Mat

0:00:26

4

Paolo Tiralongo

Astana

0:00:32

5

Ivan Santaromita

BMC

0:00:49

6

Roman Kreuziger

Astana

0:00:49

7

 Benat Intxausti

Movistar

0:00:52

8

Ivan Basso

Liquigas-Cannondale

0:00:57

9

Damiano Caruso

Liquigas-Cannondale

0:01:02

10

Dario Cataldo

Omega Pharma-Quickstep

0:01:03