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Giro d'Italia Stage 5: Cav the daddy as he wins in Fano in front of girlfriend and daughter

World champion beats former team mate Goss to take 9th Giro stage of his career

She won't have known much about it, but on a landmark day for his family, Mark Cavedish's daughter Delilah was present at the end of a race won by her father for the first ever time. The world champion, still battered and bruised from that crash on Monday's Stage 3, held off former HTC Highroad team mate Matt Goss of Orica GreenEdge to take the sprint in Fano, with Daniele Bennati of RadioShack-Nissan third. Ramunas Navardauskas of Garmin-Barracuda retains the overall lead.

With a little over 3km still to ride, Lotto-Belisol's Adam Hansen tried to get clear of the peloton, but with Team Sky leading the bunch, the Australian's attack was doomed to failure the moment it began, and it was Team Sky's Ian Stannard who led the race under the flamme rouge before Geraint Thomas, the final link in the leadout chain, set Cavendish up for the ninth Giro stage win of his career.

The stage took the peloton 209km from Modena along the straight-as-an-arrow historic Roman road, the Via Emilia, to Fano on the Adriatic coast with a couple of excursions inland towards the end to tackle some short ascents.

Early on, four riders got away – the Lotto Belisol pair of Oliver Kaisen, also in a break on Sunday’s Stage 2, and Brian Bulgac, plus Pier Paolo De Negri of Farnese Vini-ISD Neri and Alessandro De Marchi from Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela.

With 60km left to ride, the quartet had an advantage of five and a half minutes over the peloton, a slight tailwind enabling them to clip along at a brisk 44km an hour, but their lead tumbled after that as a number of teams looking to set their men up for the sprint today led the chase.

By the time the race entered its closing 25km following the only categorised climb of the day, De Marchi was left alone out front but he too was swept up, the peloton splitting then regrouping as at headed up and down those short ascents reminiscent of the capi of Milan-San Remo.

Some riders had been shelled out the back as the stage headed into the flatter terrain of the final 10 kilometres, but Cavendish was present towards the front of the race as the sprinters’ teams started to rack up the pace.

Big names missing, however, included Garmin-Barracuda’s Tyler Farrar, who had been lying second overall after his team dominated yesterday’s team time tria in Verona, as well as BMC Racing’s Thor Hushovd.

Today was the third road stage of this year’s race and Hushovd’s team mate Taylor Phinney, who lost the maglia rosa to Navardauskas yesterday as he struggled with the after-effects of the Stage 3 pile-up in Horsens, maintained his unfortunate record of crashing in each of them.

Off the back of the peloton today with 30km still to ride after that chute shortly beforehand, the 21-year-old American, today sporting the best young rider’s white jersey, angrily gestured at the RadioShack team car as it swept past him on an ascent, its wing mirror almost clipping him.

This morning, on a stage where riders were due to sign on at the house where motor racing legend Enzo Ferrari was born, the rider held responsible for that stack 200 metres from the end of Monday’s Stage 3, Roberto Ferrari of Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela, had been due to apologise publicly to Cavendish and Phinney for the injuries they received in that incident.

Speaking to host broadcaster RAI at the start, however, Ferrari revealed that Cavendish did not want a public apology and instead wanted to meet with him in private. There was more welcome company for Cavendish at the end of today’s stage, however – girlfriend Peta Todd was waiting with their month-old daughter Delilah, who had even been issued with her own accreditation badge by organisers.

Giro d'Italia Stage 5 result

1  CAVENDISH Mark        SKY            04:43:15
2  GOSS Matthew          OGE        all at same time
3  BENNATI Daniele       RNT
4  HUNTER Robert         GRM
5  MODOLO Sacha          COG
6  KRISTOFF Alexander    KAT
7  FAVILLI Elia          FAR
8  BELLETTI Manuel       ALM
9  DEMARE Arnaud         FDJ
10 JORGENSEN Jonas Aaen  SAX
11 CARUSO Damiano        LIQ
12 DELAGE Mickael        FDJ
13 MAES NikolasBEL       OPQ
14 RENSHAW Mark          RAB
15 NIZZOLO Giacomo       RNT
16 RUBIANO Miguel        AND
17 THOMAS Geraint        SKY
18 ROBERTS Luke          SAX
19 BAKELANTS Jan         RNT
20 BENEDETTI Cesare      APP

Overall Standings after Stage 5

1  NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas  GRM            14:45:13
2  HUNTER Robert         GRM               00:05
3  HESJEDAL Ryder        GRM               00:11
4  GOSS Matthew Harley   OGE               00:13
5  CAVENDISH Mark        SKY               00:14
6  THOMAS Geraint        SKY               00:16
7  BOARO Manuele         SAX               00:19
8  VANDEVELDE Christian  GRM               00:26
9  RODRIGUEZ Joaquin     KAT               00:30
10 KRISTOFF Alexander    KAT               00:30

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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