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Goss wins Giro stage; Phinney, Cavendish crash in finale

Overall leader Phinney received medical attention, retains pink jersey

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Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) won the third stage of the Giro d’Italia Monday, taking out a bunch sprint in Horsens, Denmark. J.J. Haedo (Saxo Bank) finished second, with Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) third.

“I’m really happy to win today to pay back the team for placing me perfectly,” said Goss. “They worked incredibly hard for me all day.”

Just like Sunday, the finale was marked by a late crash. With just over 100 meters to go, Roberto Ferrari (Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela) strayed hard from his line on the final straightaway, crossing wheels with Mark Cavendish (Sky) and sending the world champion to the ground.

Cavendish remounted to finish the stage and his Sky team doctor Richard Freeman said later that, “Mark’s had a bad crash and is very uncomfortable but we’re taking care of him. We’re traveling as a team to Verona.”

Overall leader Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) went down as well. He received medical attention on the road and remained seated near the right-side barriers for minutes.

Phinney’s BMC Racing team wrote on Twitter that he did finish to retain the race leader’s maglia rosa, but team president Jim Ochowicz said later that Phinney had crossed the line in an ambulance before being awarded the pink jersey on the stage.

“Taylor crossed the finish line in the rescue squad and was examined,” said Ochowicz. “Nothing appears to be broken. But he may need some stitches.”

Phinney said he was disoriented immediately following the crash, but felt better by the time he reached the podium.

“I’m feeling better than I thought at the time” he said. “It’s always a concern [to crash like this] but I hope it is nothing serious. And then, tomorrow [Tuesday’s rest day], it’s quiet.”

Editor’s Note: Keep your browser pointed to VeloNews.com for more on this developing story and analysis, galleries and video coverage from stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia.

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