Mark Cavendish sprinted to a second successive stage win at the 2010 Vuelta a Espana in Burgos with an almost mirror image of yesterday’s comfortable victory and celebrated with a cheeky bunny hop on the line.

After a perfect lead out from HTC-Columbia team-mate Matthew Goss, Cavendish took victory on the 13th stage ahead of Cervelo’s Thor Hushovd and Liquigas’ Daniele Bennati.

It was Cavendish’s 22nd grand tour stage win, and the 61st professional win of his short career to date.

The result means that Cavendish extends his lead in the points jersey to 21 points over nearest challenger Tyler Farrar (Garmin).

As usual the sprinter paid tribute to the work of his HTC-Columbia team-mates: “I’ve got an incredible team. I keep saying it but it’s true.

“It was carnage with 1km to go and some people would have thought we were too far back but we had done our homework and knew it was wide on the final turn.

“It’s better to have a star team than a team of stars. It’s an incredible situation to be in and I’m so proud.”

Quick Step drove hard in the final stages of the race but another tricky corner in the last kilometre caused confusion in the ranks and Goss expertly piloted Cavendish to the front.

Cavendish said of his Australian lead out man: “He is so fast. I usually go at 250m to go but I couldn’t go until 170m. Hopefully he can get a stage before the race is finished.”

At one point a five-strong breakaway group of Allan Davis (Astana), Olivier Kaisen (Omega Pharma-Lotto), Manuelle Mori (Lampre), Giampulo Cheula (Footon-Servetto-Fuji) and Niki Terpstra (Milram) held a lead of seven minutes 32 seconds over the peloton but work by the Quick Step and Garmin teams slowly reeled in the leaders.

Terpstra made a brave attempt at victory in the final 5km but his attempt always looked doomed to failure.

Going into today’s 196km stage from Rincon de Soto to Burgos. Euskaltel-Euskadi’s Igor Anton held a 45 second advantage ahead of Liquigas’ Vincenzo Nibali and a 1-04 cushion over Xavier Tondo of Cervelo.

With the peloton finishing together Anton retains the leader’s red jersey and with the Cantabrian mountains to come over the weekend, the climber looks well positioned to take the red jersey into the third week. Other overall contenders could find it difficult to prise off his back before the race finishes in Madrid on September 19.

Ireland’s Nicolas Roche maintained his ninth position overall.

Kiwi pair Julian Dean (Garmin-Transitions) and Hayden Roulston (HTC Columbia) both pulled out of the race for reasons that are currently unclear.


Vuelta a Espana 2010, stage 13: Rincón de Soto to Burgos, 196km

1. Mark Cavendish (GB) HTC-Columbia

2. Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo

3. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

4. Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Francaise des Jeux

5. Manuel Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto

6. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions

7. Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Katusha

8. Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi

9. Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo

10. Johnnie Walker (Aus) Footon-Servetto all same time.

Overall classification after stage 13

1. Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi

2. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas at 45sec

3. Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervelo at 1-04

4. Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha at 1-17

5. Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia at 1-29

6. Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d’Epargne at 1-57

7. Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne at 2-07

8. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne at 2-13

9. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Ag2r at 2-30

10. Frank Schleck (Lux) Saxo Bank same time

Mark Cavendish wins, Vuelta a Espana 2010, stage 13

Mark Cavendish takes his second consecutive stage victory in Spain

Mark Cavendish wins Vuelta a Espana 2010 stage 13

Cheers! Mark Cavendish celebrates his 22nd grand tour stage win

Vuelta a Espana 2010: Related links

Vuelta a Espana 2010: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index

Vuelta a Espana 2010: Stage reports

Stage 12: Cavendish completes the set of grand tour stage wins

Stage 11: Anton takes solo victory and reclaims lead

Stage 10: Erviti takes stage win as Saxo Bank self destruct

Stage nine: Lopez wins demanding day at Vuelta from escape

Stage eight: Moncoutie takes the stage win as Anton moves into lead

Stage seven: Petacchi wins, Cavendish second

Stage six: Hushovd demonstrates climbing skills on way to stage win

Stage five: Farrar beats Cavendish for stage win

Stage four: Anton wins stage but Gilbert keeps the red jersey

Stage three: Gilbert attacks to win stage and take race lead

Stage two: Hutarovich beats Cavendish to win

Stage one TTT: Cavendish leads after HTC-Columbia win team time trial

Vuelta a Espana 2010: Photo galleries

Stage 12 photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage 11 photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage 10 photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage nine photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage eight photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage seven photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage six photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage six photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage five photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage four photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage three photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage two photo gallery by Graham Watson

Stage one photos by Graham Watson