Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish won his fourth stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia yesterday to claim his 101st career victory.
But despite the sprint ace’s brilliance on the 254 kilometre run from Busseto to Cherasco it was the withdrawal of Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins that was the talk of the race.
Wiggins, who is suffering with a chest infection, admitted his disappointment after being forced to abandon the race which he had made his number one priority this season. He said: “There are a lot of riders in the peloton at the moment that are sick, but as the winner of the Tour, you can’t hide away and get over it.”
Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali maintained his 41 seconds lead over Australia’s Cadel Evans in the general classification standings.
Sheffield’s Adam Blythe, at teammate of Evans, came home in a group 16 minutes behind Cavendish.
The Giro returns to the high mountains this weekend with back-to-back summit finishes.
Today is 156km from Cervere to Bardonecchia (Jafferau) and tomorrow is 150km from Cesana Torinese to Col du Galibier.
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