Cycling: Century for Cavendish as Wiggins loses more time

Britain's Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia. (AP Photo/Gian Mattia D'Alberto)
Britain's Mark Cavendish celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia. (AP Photo/Gian Mattia D'Alberto)
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Mark Cavendish claimed the 100th stage victory of his career over the 134km 12th stage of the Giro d’Italia from Longarone to Treviso yesterday.

Cavendish was part of a chasing group that hauled in a five-strong breakaway in the final kilometre and the Isle of Man star won the sprint to the line for what was also his third win of this year’s Giro.

But there was bad news for Bradley Wiggins who suffered in dismal weather conditions and surely lost his chance of overall victory when he lost more time on leader Vincenzo Nibali.

The Tour de France winner is now five minutes 22 seconds behind Nibali.

Sheffield’s Adam Blythe couldn’t get amongst the leaders as he finished over a minute after Cavendish.

Today’s 13th stage is 254km from Busseto to Cherasco.

At the Tour of Norway Rotherham’s Ben Swift was again involved in trying to set up Team Sky colleague Edvald Boasson Hagen for the victory yesterday.

But as happened on Wednesday Boasson Hagen was beaten at the line by fellow Norwegian Alexander Kristoff.