Mark Cavendish Sprints to Stage 10 Win in 2011 Giro d'Italia
Team HTC-HighRoad's Mark Cavendish of Great Britain responded to a bit of controversy by winning the 10th stage of the 2011 Giro d'Italia in a sprint finish this past afternoon.
16 miles remaining, Belgian rider Kristof Vandewalle of Team QuickStep crashed and bloodied his face, but got up and kept going after switching to a spare bike.
"A branch - perhaps it ended up in the road during the passage of the group - got stuck in my front wheel blocking it. I didn't have time to react, in a flash I was on the ground and I hit my face hard on the asphalt," Vandewalle told Roadcycling.com and our mobile sister site Roadcycling.mobi.
"I have also a few scrapes on my arms and hands and I also chipped my incisor tooth. It was quite a scare, but fortunately it's nothing too serious," Vandewalle added.
With two miles to go, British rider David Millar of Team Garmin-Cervelo attempted a solo breakaway but Cavendish's HTC teammates chased him down and set up a perfect sprint for the Isle of Man rider.
Looking ahead, rider representatives met with race director Angelo Zomegnan and approved keeping the Crostis descent in Saturday's 14th stage after seeing videos and photos of protective mattresses and netting set up along the dangerous route.
Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt died when he crashed after clipping a wall during a descent in the fourth stage.
Wednesday's 11th stage of the Giro d'Italia 2011 is a hilly 89-mile leg from Tortoreto Lido to Castelfidardo.
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You'll find complete results and more photos from stage 10 here.
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