Giro d'Italia

Stage 13 lucky for Cavendish as he collects third win in 2012 Giro d’Italia

Stage 13 lucky for Cavendish as he collects third win in 2012 Giro d'Italia, keeps red points leader's jersey

Team Sky’s Mark Cavendish took another win today in stage 13 – the shortest stage in this year’s Giro d’Italia, a 122km route from Savona to Cervere.

This was the world champion’s third stage win so far in this edition of the Giro – his 10th career Giro win – and one that took a bit of good luck, as he appeared to be boxed in near the finish. “I was lucky today because Gossie opened up a gap for me,” he said. “If it was another rider, like Ferrari, they wouldn’t have done that. [Matt] Goss is a great guy and he opened up a gap for me. The team is riding great. I am very happy.”

He had a little more than a bike length over second place finisher Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) on the line, after the dead-straight run-in. Cav’s former teammate Australian Mark Renshaw, now on Rabobank, came in third – all had the same time.

He also solidified his lead in the red points jersey with the win.

The GC remained unchanged, as the pack all finished together, with Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) in the lead by 17 seconds over Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda), and 26 seconds ahead of Sandy Casar (FDJ-BigMat).

Purito is more focused on the big mountains which begin Saturday with a difficult weekend for the riders. “We will see what happens tomorrow. I know the others will be trying to attack me,” he said. “I will have my teammates to support tomorrow. I hope to be able to defend the pink jersey. The goal is to keep the jersey until Monday’s rest day.”

Tomorrow’s stage is a testing 206km run from Cherasco to Cervinia. It boasts two stiff climbs at Joux and Cervinia with the finish line at over 2000m altitude.

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