Cavendish claims third stage win at Giro d'Italia

16 May 2013 / 17:48

Great Britain's Mark Cavendish claimed his tenth win of the season and the 100th of his professional career with a trademark sprint finish at the Giro d'Italia.

Cavendish secured his third stage win of the race to retake the red points jersey but Sir Bradley Wiggins' struggles continue.

The Tour de France winner is feeling the effects of a chest infection and crossed the line three minutes and 37 seconds adrift, slipping to fifth overall nearly six minutes behind leader Vincenzo Nibali.

Cavendish paid tribute to his lead out man Gert Steegmans, who timed his charge to perfection with a surge in the final 300m of the rain-hit stage.

"What a beautiful way to win your 100th race," said Cavendish.

"The team couldn't have done anymore but we left it right to the end. It was a hard circuit and the rain didn't make it any easier. I left it to my men and they delivered for  me."

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