Cavendish takes his third Giro win and prepares to head home

Mark Cavendish Giro 2009 stage 13

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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-Highroad) took the win he wanted in Florence today, leaving his Giro d'Italia rivals floundering in his wake.

After some close finishes and two wins earlier in the race for Alessandro Petacchi (LPR Brakes), Cavendish has reinforced himself as king of the sprints with his third and most decisive win of this year's Giro on stage 13.

Cavendish had focused on this stage as the finish is near the British Cycling base in Quarrata, and several of his friends had come out to watch, along with his partner. But the 13th stage looked like being an unlucky one when Cavendish hit the deck after just 20km with BBox Bouygues Telecom rider Yohann Gene.

Thankfully Cavendish wasn't injured and soon rejoined the bunch that was no doubt still feeling the affects of yesterday's brutal mountain time trial. In the end, despite the best efforts of his rivals, he made it look easy.

Both Petacchi and American Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream) used different tactics today, but still they can't beat the Manxman.

Petacchi did nothing but sit on Cavendish's wheel until the final 200 metres. The tall Italian came off Cavendish's wheel but made almost no impression on his lead, just about drawing level with the Brit's rear wheel as they crossed the line.

Farrar decided to take another route in his quest for his first Giro stage win. The American put his Garmin team mates on the front for the last five kilometres but the Argyle Army still don't have the wherewithal to close out a sprint.

The bunch was lined out perfectly by first Bradley Wiggins and then David Millar, but then the Garmin riders seemed to disappear. Julian Dean took up the sprint as Farrar was distracted from his sprint as he became embroiled in a shoulder barging feud with Cav's lead-out man Mark Renshaw.

Cavendish sat calmly behind the duelling pair, waiting for his moment. Farrar lost the battle and dropped back as soon as Renshaw started his sprint. As soon as Cavendish jumped round his team mate the result was a foregone conclusion.

Today's stage is expected to be Cavendish's last of the race. With more mountains to come Cavendish is likely to head home, rest and turn his attention to winning the green jersey in the Tour de France.

Swift still fighting on

Ben Swift (Katusha) shows little sign of slowing down in his first grand tour as the 21-year-old took eighth place in today's stage. The Yorkshireman had been on Petacchi's wheel with two kilometres to go but got swamped in the run in to the line.

His chance may still come, but he'll have to battle through a few more mountain stages first.

The next three stages each have at least four classified climbs on the route while stage 17 is uphill all the way to the top of the Blockhaus climb.

Stages 18 and 21 looks like being the only two remaining for the sprinters, but that's only if the teams are willing to close down any break-aways.

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Stage 13: Lido di Camaiore-Firenze, 176km
1. Mark Cavendish (GB) Columbia-Highroad in 3-48-36

2. Alessandro Petacchi (Italy) LPR-Brakes

3. Allan Davis (Australia) Quickstep

4. Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld

5. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Slipstream

6. Juan Jose Haedo (Argentina) Saxo Bank

7. Robert Forster (Germany) Milram

8. Ben Swift (GB) Katusha

9. Davide Vigano (Italy) Fuji-Servetto

10. Mark Renshaw (Australia) Columbia-Highroad all at same time.


27. Denis Menchov (Russia) Rabobank at 8sec

32. Ian Stannard (GB) ISD at 8sec

78. Jeremy Hunt (GB) Cervelo at 8sec

84. Daniel Lloyd (GB) Cervelo at 8sec

106. Chris Froome (GB) Barloworld at 8sec

134. David Millar (GB) Garmin-Slipstream at 34sec

165. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream at 1-15

166. Charly Wegelius (GB) Silence-Lotto at 1-31

Overall classification after stage 13
1. Denis Menchov (Russia) Rabobank in 54-16-01

2. Danilo Di Luca (Italy) LPR Brakes at 34sec

3. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana at 40sec

4. Franco Pellizotti (Italy) Liquigas at 2-00

5. Carlos Sastre (Spain) Cervelo at 2-52

6. Michael Rogers (Australia) Columbia-Highroad at 2-59

7. Ivan Basso (Italy) Liquigas at 3-00

8. Gilberto Simoni (Italy) Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni at 4-38

9. Marzio Bruseghin (Italy) Lampre at 5-26

10. Thomas Lovkvist (Sweden) Columbia-Highroad at 5-53


29. Chris Froome (GB) Barloworld at 14-05

33. Bradley Wiggins (GB) Garmin-Slipstream at 19-25

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Lucky number 13: Cavendish takes his third 2009 Giro win

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Stage reports

Stage 12: Menchov storms to Giro TT win and race lead

Stage 11: Cavendish romps to second Giro stage win

Stage 10: Di Luca lays down the gauntlet

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Stage nine: Cavendish blitzes rivals to win in Milan

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Stage five: Menchov wins mountain battle as Di Luca grabs the pink jersey

Stage four: Di Luca denies Soler on the line; Lovkvist takes pink jersey

Stage three: Cavendish loses pink jersey after being caught behind late crash

Stage two: Petacchi denies Cavendish the stage win

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