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Mark Cavendish experienced the trappings of his success today, but he wasn?t enjoying it very much. Riding in the scratch race, as a precursor to the Madison at the weekend, he was at first marked out, and then chased down.

Coming off the track it was Franco Marvulli who felt the full force of Cavendish?s displeasure. The Swiss rider had needlessly chased Cavendish in the final stages of the race when the Brit had been trying to gain a lap on the bunch, and catch the six riders who had already taken a lap, to put himself in contention for the final sprint.

But as he rode with New Zealand?s Hayden Godfrey half a lap ahead of the bunch, Marvulli and Canada?s Zachary Bell did much of the work that meant Cavendish wouldn?t catch them.

Neither Marvulli or Bell were in the group of six that had earlier gained a lap, and so were out of contention for the podium places.

Cavendish had been lively throughout the 60 lap event, but no one wanted to work with him, knowing that he would beat them in the final sprint. If a group was to get away it was always likely to be one that didn?t contain him.

Although the British coaches had been prepared for an outcome like this, and even though Cavendish won Milan San-Remo just five days ago, he took the loss as bad as ever.

But then if he didn't, it just would be him.

Results: Men's scratch race

1. Morgan Kneisky (Fra)

2. Angel Dario Colla (Arg)

3. Andreas Mueller (Aut)

4. Travis Meyer (Aus)

5. Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn)

6. Ivan Kovalev (Rus)

7. Mark Cavendish (Gbr)

8. Hayden Godfrey (NZl)

9. Aliaksandre Lisouski (Blr)

10. Carlos Arroyabe (Col)

11. Alex Buttazzoni (Ita)

12. Marcel Kalz (Ger)

13. Jiri Hochmann (CZe)

14. Jozef Zabka (Svk)

15. Ho Ting Kwok (HKg)

16. Zachary Bell (Can)

17. Tim Mertens (Bel)

18. Daniel Holloway (USA)

19. Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol)

20. Wim Stroetinga (Ned)

21. Franco Marvulli (Sui)

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