Alessandro Petacchi Wins Stage 2 of 2011 Giro d'Italia ahead of Mark Cavendish
Alessandro Petacchi won a mass sprint Sunday to take the second stage of the 2011 Giro d'Italia, with Mark Cavendish (Team HTC-Highroad) finishing second to take the overall lead.
early initiative Sunday when he impressively broke away after only two miles and opened up a lead of 20 minutes.
The chasing pack eventually caught him 16 miles from the finish, but only after he had taken the points on offer for the intermediate sprint and the mountain jersey.
An eight-man group then tried to pull away and built a lead of 30 seconds, but was caught by the pack with 5 miles to go.
The 21-stage Giro d'Italia 2011 finishes in Milan on Sunday, May 29.
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