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Cavendish wins as Wiggins struggles

Mark Cavendish wins a rainy stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia as Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins falls off the pace.

Last Modified: 16 May 2013 17:18
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Italy's Vincenzo Nibali, of Astana, kept the overall leader's pink jersey after the 134km run from Longarone to Treviso [AFP]

Sprinter Mark Cavendish won the rainy 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday for his 100th career victory, while Vincenzo Nibali maintained his overall lead.

Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins dropped out of contention, finishing more than 3 1/2 minutes behind the main pack as he struggled with a cold.

Cavendish clocked just over 3 hours along the 134-kilometre route from Longarone to Treviso, which started with a few hills and ended with a long, flat finish around a circuit.

It was Cavendish's third win in this year's race. The British rider with the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team also won the first and sixth legs.

Nacer Bouhanni of France and Luke Mezgec of Slovenia crossed second and third, respectively, with the same time.

Nibali leads

In the overall standings, Nibali, an Italian with Astana, remained 41 seconds ahead of 2011 Tour winner Cadel Evans of Australia. Wiggins' Sky teammate Rigoberto Uran of Colombia is third overall, 2:04 behind.

It was the 13th Giro stage win of Cavendish's career and his 39th in cycling's three Grand Tours - the Giro, Tour and Spanish Vuelta.

Stage 13 Friday is the race's longest, a mostly flat 254-kilometre leg from Busseto to Cherasco, with a few hills shortly before the finish.

The race hits the mountains again over the weekend, with Saturday's stage climbing Sestriere and Bardonecchia and Sunday taking riders into France and up the Col du Galibier, which is often included in the Tour de France.

The race ends May 26 in Brescia.

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