Cavendish battles on through summer scorcher in Vuelta

Mark Cavendish, Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage three

Dropped with nearly 60 kilometres to go on Monday's stage three of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana, Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) battled through some of the hottest weather conditions the Vuelta has seen in years to finish 170th in a group of around 30 riders.

Temperatures soared to over 40 degrees on Monday's exposed, dry inland terrain, but the riders still averaged over 41 kilometres despite the scorching heat.

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