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Cavendish wins opening Giro stage in sprint finish

Updated: May 4, 2013, 2:06 PM ET
Associated Press

NAPLES, Italy -- British standout Mark Cavendish won the opening stage of the Giro d'Italia that was marred by a crash shortly before the finish.

The main pack was split into two groups Saturday when riders went down with just more than a mile to go in the 81-mile leg and less than a dozen riders left in front to contest the sprint.

Cavendish, who rides for the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, finished in 2 hours, 58 minutes, 38 seconds on the circuit in downtown Naples, which featured ...

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