Italian denies Cavendish victory

Britain’s Mark Cavendish narrowly missed out on a second successive stage win at the Tour of San Luis in Argentina on Tuesday.

The Manx sprinter won Monday’s opening stage on his debut with the Omega Pharma-QuickStep team.

And he was edged out by Sacha Modolo of Italy by less than a bike length on stage two’s uphill finish, with Australia’s Leigh Howard third.

“I tried, but Modolo was just better today,” said 27-year-old Cavendish.

“We gave everything we had as a team. We were short some riders at the end, but the guys really did an incredible job for me today.”

Cavendish endured a frustrating one-year spell with Team Sky in 2012 which saw him support Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and culminated in him

quitting the British outfit

for his new Belgian team.

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