Sprinters gather for Tirreno-Adriatico showdown

Mark Cavendish stage 6 Tour of Qatar 2009

Mark Cavendish (Columbia) has proved beyond doubt that he is currently the fastest sprinter in the world but that has made him the rider to beat at Tirreno-Adriatico that begins on Wednesday (March 11-17).

The Italian Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper has described the week long stage race as a sprinter?s world championships and the first three stages and then the final stage next Tuesday are expected to see a high-speed showdown between almost all of the fastest finishers in cycling.

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