Giro d’Italia – World Champion Mark Cavendish Wins In Herning

World champion [W:Mark Cavendish] sprinted to an emphatic win on the second stage of the [W:Giro d’Italia]. ? The [W:Team Sky] rider was brilliantly led out by [W:Geraint Thomas] at the end of the 206 kilometres route around the Danish city of Herning before moving alongside [W:Matthew Goss] (Orica-GreenEDGE) and accelerating past his former team-mate for a clear-cut triumph, Geoffrey Soupe (FDJ-Big Mat) taking third. ? It was Cavendish’s eighth individual stage victory at the Giro, his fifth success of the campaign and his first since the birth of his first child last month. ? The triumph saw him move to the top of the points standings, claiming the red jersey which had been sported by Thomas on behalf of [W:Taylor Phinney] (BMC Racing), the winner of the opening time trial. ? Mark Cavendish, Team Sky?Rider: ? ?There was lots of wind on the coast. We were monitoring things and in control. We had Ian Stannard on the front. He did 150 kilometres alone reeling in the break – he did incredible. ? ?The guys were so great and they stayed together. We had a mixture of the old guard and new people. Jez Hunt, Bernie Eisel ? experienced guys with G too. And guys like Pete [Kennaugh] who are pretty new and who I?ve not worked with before. ? ?Everybody handled it well and we stayed together as a team. I was really looked after at the finish and kept sheltered. Geraint took me perfect and went exactly when he was supposed to. I was able to come off him and win the stage so I?m very, very happy.? ? ?I?ve won five races now. That?s pretty good with this jersey and with a new team.? I?m happy to get the grand tours underway and win. I like to win at the Giro, it?s a special race for me. I don?t think I?ve won the first sprint stage before. It?s a nice feeling. Now I want to keep on winning, I?m on good form.? ? ?It wasn?t an easy day. The bunch was packed tight. It was windy and we were fighting all day. It was tough to keep the race together but we had experienced guys like Eisel, Hunt and Stannard. It was perfect.? ? Steven de Jongh, Team Sky?Sports Director: ? ?It was a really impressive result and a really good ride from the team all day. Especially Ian, he had an awesome day but it was nice to see the way they all rode. It was a big fight at the end but Cav looked comfortable in the sprint. ? ?Let?s hope so we can do it again tomorrow. G did a really good lead-out with the boys there. We?ll just take it day by day and tomorrow is another chance for a bunch sprint so we have an opportunity.? 2012 Giro d’Italia Stage 2 Results & General Classification – by Cycling Tips

Mark Cavendish - 2012 Giro d'Italia Stage 2

Mark Cavendish – 2012 Giro d’Italia Stage 2 (image courtesy RCS Sport)

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