Cavendish powers to Giro stage five win

10 May 2012 / 17:36

British rider Mark Cavendish won stage five of the Giro d'Italia in a close finish in Fano.

The Team Sky man produced a powerful sprint to edge out Australian Matt Goss of the Orica GreenEdge team and Italian Daniele Bennati of Radioshack Nissan.

All three were credited with the same time of four hours, 43 minutes and 15 seconds for the ride from Modena.

For world road race champion Cavendish it was his second stage success of this year's Giro, following his win in the second leg of the event, and the ninth of his career in the flagship Italian tour.

Three days ago, before the riders had a rest day, he suffered bruising and a gashed leg when he was involved in a pile-up caused by Roberto Ferrari in the closing moments of the third stage.

Cavendish's latest victory was spurred by strong support from his Team Sky colleagues over the closing kilometres, with Rigoberto Uran and Bernhard Eisel the first to shepherd him before Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas took over for the final sprint.

Cavendish stands fifth in the overall standings, a place ahead of Thomas, with the pink jersey still belonging to Garmin Barracuda's Lithuanian rider Ramunas Navardauskas, who leads the way from team-mates Robert Hunter and Ryder Hesjedal.