Cavendish surges to second stage win at Giro d'Italia

09 May 2013 / 22:29

Great Britain's Mark Cavendish claimed his second stage victory with a trademark late sprint at the Giro d'Italia.

Cavendish took control of the sprinter's red points jersey as he edged out Cannondale's Elia Viviani and Orica's Matthew Goss to win the pan-flat 169km sixth stage from Mola di Bari to Margherita di Savoia.

"It was incredible," said Cavendish. "I'm so happy, [we had] no problems. Everyone [on the team] rode until their legs couldn't go any more. I'm so happy, we're buzzing, absolutely buzzing.

"What does it feel like? Imagine you get a kit car, you build it and when you start it, you get that feeling - it's like that.

"It's like all the bits of an engine and I'm just the exhaust at the end, the bit that makes the most noise. That's how it feels - everything just fits together."

Luca Paolini retains the overall lead while four-time Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins stays sixth after a dramatic day, which saw him forced to change his bike after a puncture and lose time behind a crash.

He still remains 34 seconds adrift of maglia rosa Paolini with the same time as defending champion Ryder Hesjedal and just three seconds behind rival Vincenzo Nibali.

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