Mark Cavendish inching toward maglia rossa success

Mark Cavendish, Giro d'Italia 2013 team presentation

Mark Cavendish is in a position to challenge for his fifth stage victory at the Giro d'Italia today and further secure his grip on the maglia rossa.

Cavendish has won four stages of the Giro thus far and may have another opportunity to add to that tally with a 214km run from Caravaggio to Vincenza, which is classed as flat, underway. Although some have tipped the trek won't suit pure sprinters with a category four climb, which tops out at 12 per cent, within the final 25km, there is a long, flat drag to the finish. 

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.