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2013 Tirreno-Adriatico - Cavendish fumes at sprint failure
By Mark Sharon
Date: 3/8/2013
2013 Tirreno-Adriatico - Cavendish fumes at sprint failure
2013 Tirreno-Adriatico

2013 Tirreno-Adriatico

Mar 6: Stage 2 - San Vincenzo - Indicatore 230.0 km

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quickstep) retained the maglia azzurra at the Tirreno Adriatico, but was left bitterly disappointed with his teammates performance in conditions he described as'chaotic' leaving him to finish fifth behind Matt Goss (ORICA-GreenEDGE), with Manuel Belletti and Gerlad Ciolek second and third.

Cavendish later tweeted:

Tirreno Adriatico

Tirreno - Adriatico Stage 2 Results - top 5.

1st Matthew Goss (AUS) 5:48.41
2nd Manuel Belletti (ITA) s.t.
3rd Gerald Ciolek (BEL) s.t.
4th Roberto Ferrari (ITA) s.t.
5th Mark Cavendish (GBR) s.t.

Less than half an hour after Michael Albasini won the fourth stage of Paris-Nice, Goss won the wet field sprint to post his first stage victory since the Giro d’Italia last May and the ninth victory for ORICA-GreenEDGE of the 2013 season.

“This is the first road stage I’ve done in Europe this year,” said Goss. “To come away with the win is great. It’s huge for my motivation and confidence, and it’s hopefully great for the team as well. With the win also in Paris-Nice today, we’re all on a bit of a high at the moment. It’s a great day for ORICA-GreenEDGE.”

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Matt Goss winner of stage 2© Orica GreenEdge

Heavy rain which had dogged the race from early in the day continued as the peloton rolled through Siena and Chianti. A break formed towards the end of the first hour of racing comprising Kevin Hulsmans (Fantini Vini-Selle Italia), Cesare Benedetti (NetApp-Endura) and Garikoitz Bravo (Euskaltel-Euskadi). Confident in the prospect of a bunch sprint the peloton, controlled by OPQS, allowed the leaders to stretch their advantage, eventually reaching seven minutes.

At the mid-point of the race’s longest stage, the leading trio saw their advantage begin to tumble as the pace behind increased. The breakaway had a 3:15 advantage at the start of the first of five laps around the Indicatore finishing circuit. During the first circuit lap, Bravo sat up. Benedetti and Hulsmans forged ahead alone. The peloton allowed the two riders to dangle out front but within reach until they made the catch just inside the final 30 kilometres.

Despite the weather it should have been a textbook sprint between the big teams with Cavendish a natural favourite. As it was Goss and his boys had luck on their sides. Leaving Cavendish to fume.

The official line from Cavendish belied his annoyance:"We planned for a sprint today, we wanted a sprint today. We controlled it from the beginning — Martin Velits and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck controlled it. We got some help after the feed zone. It was quite chaotic in the final laps because it was raining, there were a lot of risks. All the general classification teams were trying to stay up there and it became very hectic. I was 30 riders back in the last kilometer but I still fought and had a chance with 300 meters to go, even less than that. I came to the right but the peloton swung on the right at the same moment. I just had to slam my brakes with 200 meters to go and so that was the end of the chance of winning. I feel we could have got a lot more out of that race than we actually did today, but we will try again tomorrow."

He was less cicumspect in the press conference however,

"I'm quite disappointed with my lead-out. It's not often I say that, but we'll have to have words," he said. "I should have been in the front and I came into a bunch of chaos. We came into the last kilometre in 30th position. I'm pretty disappointed in those last guys today, actually. I had a lot of ground to make up."

ORICA-GreenEDGE Director Sportif Neil Stephens had a different take on events.

“As the pace ramped up again towards the finish, the main nucleus of the lead out got together,” said Stephens. “It might have looked a bit chaotic. Because of the rain, it was pretty split up there. Usually things bunch up in the build up towards the sprint, and that didn’t really happen today. No team was 100% organized. [Daryl] Impey wasn’t on a good day, so unfortunately he wasn’t there, but Brett Lancaster put Mitch Docker into a really good position. Docker set up Gossy, and Gossy kept it up for the win.”

General Classification - After Stage   - Top 30

1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 6:08:02  
2 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:02  
3 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:03  
4 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
5 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step    
6 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:14  
7 Alex Dowsett (GBr) Movistar Team    
8 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team    
9 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team    
10 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team    
11 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team    
12 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:17  
13 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:19  
14 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team    
15 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
16 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team    
17 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team    
18 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
19 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:22  
20 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
21 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
22 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
23 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale Pro Cycling    
24 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:23  
25 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
26 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
27 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
28 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team    
29 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team    
30 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 0:00:24  



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