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Ferrrari vows to apologize for erratic Giro sprint

Roberto Ferrari, the Italian sprinter who wiped out world champion Mark Cavendish and maglia rosa Taylor Phinney in Monday’s third stage at the Giro d’Italia, promised on Tuesday to make amends.

According to a team release from his Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela team, Ferrari will publicly apologize before the start of Wednesday’s stage to Cavendish and others he caused to crash.

Wednesday’s stage is a team time trial, with squads starting one at a time against the clock, so it was unclear in the team statement released Tuesday of how Ferrari planned to approach each of the impacted riders.

In Monday’s finale, a dozen riders fell in his wake when he swung right, clearly leaving his line, to try to pass the sprinting Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda).

Ferrari’s erratic sprint swept out the wheel of Cavendish (Sky) and caused another dozen riders to crash in the aftermath, including Phinney (BMC Racing).

Phinney was so shaken up he was hauled away in an ambulance without crossing the finish line, only to return in the same ambulance 20 minutes later to accept the pink jersey in the post-stage podium.

Despite banging up his right ankle and elbow, X-rays taken overnight confirmed that Phinney did not suffer any broken bones, and the young American plans to start Wednesday’s fourth stage in the pink jersey.

Ferrari, who did not crash, said he did not purposely intend to cause anyone to fall, but admitted after reviewing video of Monday’s finale that he was in the wrong to deviate so dramatically from his line.

Ferrari was relegated to last place in the bunch and was fined 200 Swiss francs, but his Androni team said they did not intend to pull him out of the Giro.

How Ferrari’s public apology is accepted among those in the peloton remains to be seen.

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