Mark Cavendish has won, quite easily, the 10th stage of the Giro D’Italia over Francesco Ventoso and Alessandro Petacchi. Racing resumed today after the rest day and the Giro served up a fairly straightforward sprint stage to get the legs working again. The day was dominated by the breakaway which contained Fumiyuki Beppu (Radioshack), Pierre Cazaux (Euskaltel) and Yuriy Kristov (AG2R). The peloton caught the trio of escapees, Krivstov, Beppu, Cazaux with 11.6 km remaining and proceeded to set up the sprint.
Within the last 3km, David Millar launched his typical TT attack and for a moment it looked dangerous, but the big sprinters would not allow it to happen and with 1100m remaining HTC took up the pace making. The uphill finish caused some problems for the set-up and with about 300m remaining all the sprinters were at the front looking at each other to see who would go, Cavendish was the best placed of all and when the others tired from launching a little early, Cav strolled around and made it look simple.
Stage 10 Top Five
1. Mark Cavendish (HTC)_______4h00’49”
2. Francesco Ventoso (Movistar)
3. Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre)
4. Roberto Ferrari (Androni)
5. Davide Appollonio (Sky)
Full Stage results: Gazzetta official
General Classification after 10 stages
1. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank)_____37:04:40
2. Kanstantsin Sivtsov (HTC)_______+:51″
3. Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin)_____+1:19″
4. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas)________+1:21″
5. Michele Scarponi (Lampre)_______+1:28″
Full GC: Gazzetta official