Cycling: Cavendish prevails with 'perfect' finish

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The Independent Online

Mark Cavendish won the 10th stage of the Giro d'Italia yesterday while Alberto Contador held on to the pink jersey as the race's overall leader.

Cavendish covered a rolling 159-kilometre route from Termoli to Teramo in 4hr 49sec to win his first stage in this year's race. Francisco Ventoso of Movistar finished second in the sprint finish and Lampre's Alessandro Petacchi was third.

"I am delighted to win my first stage," Cavendish said. "It was a good route and a perfect finish. In the final metres, I knew I had to be behind Petacchi's wheel and then timed it well."