Gert Steegmans' stressful day helping Cavendish win Giro opener

Mark Cavendish, Giro d'Italia 2013 podium after stage one

Mark Cavendish won the opening stage of the 2013 Giro d'Italia and took the pink jersey today in Naples despite a rough and tough day. A crash split the peloton and Omega Pharma-QuickStep team-mate Gert Steegmans suffered a mechanical in the lead-out.

"I didn't expect it to be 100 per cent clear, but it was a beautiful circuit," Cavendish said in a press conference. "Naples is probably the most chaotic city I've ever been to in terms of traffic, hats off to everyone who [cleared it]."

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