Cavendish crashes as Goss wins stage

07 May 2012 / 17:24

Team Sky's Mark Cavendish suffered a heavy fall during stage three of the Giro d'Italia, which was won by Matthew Goss.

Cavendish and Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) both went down near the finish line but Goss (Orica-Green Edge) kept out of trouble to secure his first victory of the season.

Goss's team dominated in the final kilometres of the race, only going to the front inside the final two kilometres to deliver Orica's first Grand Tour stage win in four hours 20 minutes 53 seconds.

Juan Jose Heado (Saxo Bank) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) finished second and third on the stage.

Despite the crash, Phinney retained the overall leader's pink jersey and told Cycling News afterwards: "I'm better now."

Monday's 190km stage was dedicated to the memory of Wouter Weylandt, who died during the 2011 Giro d'Italia, and the mayor of Horsens Jan Trojborg, who died on Sunday.

Before the start, riders from Weylandt's Radioshack Nissan Trek team lined up at the front of the peloton with his close friend Farrar of the Garmin-Barracuda team.

The general director of RCS Sport Michele Acquarone read a message of condolence in the presence of Weylandt's family and the assistant mayor of Horsens remembered Jan Trojborg. The ceremony concluded with a minute's silence.

Cavendish tweeted: "Remembering Wouter Weylandt, who sadly left us a year ago today."