Cav angered by crash

07 May 2012 / 18:28

World champion Mark Cavendish criticised a rival rider after crashing on a third stage of the Giro d'Italia won by Matthew Goss.

Cavendish (Team Sky) and overall leader Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) both hit the tarmac in the finale of the 190-kilometres circuit around east Jutland which began and finished in Horsens, but Goss kept out of trouble to secure his first victory of the season and Orica-Green Edge's maiden Grand Tour success.

Juan Jose Haedo (Saxo Bank) was second and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Baracuda) third after also avoiding the carnage.

Cavendish blamed Roberto Ferrari for causing the accident and race commissaires relegated the Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela rider to last place on the stage.

The Briton Tweeted: "Ouch! Crashing at 75kph isn't nice! Nor is seeing Roberto Ferrari's manoeuvre. Should be ashamed to take out Pink, Red & World Champ jerseys.

"Is the team of Roberto Ferrari or the UCI going to do the right thing? Other riders, including myself, have been sent home for much less."

American Phinney was slow to get up and was taken away by ambulance, but retained the maglia rosa and will continue in the race.

"I'm better now," Phinney said on

"When I was on the ground I was a bit confused and in a state of shock, but I started to feel better when I was in the ambulance.

"I must have hit something when I fell. It's a pity that it happened and hopefully it's nothing important. It's lucky tomorrow is a rest day."