Cycling: Cavendish plays proud dad after second victory


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The Independent Online

Winning sprint stages of big cycle races is child's play for Britain's Mark Cavendish.

After tasting victory in the Giro d'Italia with yet another stage victory yesterday, the proud father cuddled first child Delilah Grace, who was born on 3 April.

Cavendish edged out Matthew Goss, of Australia, to win the fifth stage the 199km leg from Modena to Fano. It is the Team Sky rider's second victory in this year's Giro, after his triumph on stage two, and put him in the top 10 in the overall standings. Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania retains the lead.

Cavendish stayed with the group in a tough finale, which saw several of his rivals drop down the field, before being expertly led to the finish by his team-mates, who took to the front of the peloton with five kilometres to go.

Navardauskas finished in the main pack to retain his pink jersey and is five seconds ahead of Garmin-Barracuda team-mate Robert Hunter, of South Africa.