Cavendish extends lead in Italy

Mark Cavendish finished a close second behind Slovakian Peter Sagan on stage three of the Tirreno-Adriatico in Italy, but extended his overall lead.

The Manx rider was forced the long way around a roundabout but, assisted by his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team-mates, got back in position to challenge.

Overall classification

1. Mark Cavendish (GBR) Omega 11:23:08

2. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) 7 seconds behind

3. Niki Terpstra (NED) 9 seconds behind

4. Tony Martin (GER) 9 seconds behind

5. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) 9 seconds behind

On Thursday Cavendish had

complained about his team’s tactics

after only managing fifth on the second stage.

Saturday’s stage four takes the race into the mountainous Prati di Tivo.

In wet conditions on Friday, Cavendish finished between Sagan and Lotto-Belisol’s Andre Greipel as the sprinters contested a tight finish.

Sagan made his move with 200 metres to go, as he surged past the German Greipel and although Cavendish went with him he could not get off the Cannondale man’s wheel.

The stage two winner, Australian Matthew Goss, finished fifth.

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