Mark Cavendish lost another chance to win in the Giro d’Italia today in Montecatini Terme. His Sky train rumbled through the last bend, but over-powered and out of control. Geraint Thomas’ pedal hit the ground and caused his wheel to jump, Cavendish lost momentum and Roberto Ferrari (Androni) shot clear.
“I was screaming the last kilometres to be careful,” Cavendish said on TV afterwards. “I’m a little disappointed with Geraint, he wasn’t careful. I let him know right after the finish.”
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Thomas is usually free with his time, but today preferred not to comment immediately about the sprint.
“Everything went perfect until that last corner,” Pete Kennaugh told Cycling Weekly. He led Thomas and Cavendish into the final tight corner. “I just went flat-out into the corner, took it a bit sharper than I thought. I was not sure what was going on behind… I didn’t take it very well, to be honest.”
“I had a big gear, I expected to carry the speed,” Cavendish added. “I lost my speed. If I used a smaller gear, I could’ve carried the speed more.”
Cavendish already missed two opportunities in the Giro d’Italia to sprint due to crashes. In Horsens, Ferrari clipped his front wheel and in Frosinone, Matt Goss (Orica) and Filippo Pozzato (Farnese Vini) held him up when they collided.
“In Fano I had the perfect lead out, but we’re still learning. It’s the first time I have raced with Kennaugh. As with everything, you start in a new team, you start fresh. I’m lucky to have won six to seven races this year. I don’t think we’ve done such a bad job,” added Cavendish.
“I have good condition, I came to the Giro in good condition. I survived the mountains well. Today, I was on the climb okay. I’m happy with my form, for sure, I’ll be better at the Tour [de France]. But, I came to the Giro with good form, this stage was important because of my home here. I was disappointed to lose here.”
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Stage 10: Rodriguez wins thrilling finale to take lead
Stage nine: Ventoso wins in Frosinone as Goss and Cavendish fall
Stage eight: Pozzovivo takes another Giro win
Stage seven: Hesjedal moves into Giro lead
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Stage five: Cavendish bounces back for another stage win
Stage four: Garmin-Barracuda win TTT to take lead
Stage three: Goss wins in Horsens as Cavendish and Phinney crash
Stage two: Cavendish wins in Herning
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