Mark Cavendish (Team Sky) showed that his sprinting ability remains unaffected by Monday’s crash when he claimed his second stage of this year’s Giro d’Italia in Fano.

With girlfriend Peta Todd and their recently born daughter Delilah waiting for him at the finish, the world champion took the victory a length ahead of former team mate Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge).

Radioshack-Nissan’s Daniele Bennati claimed third with South Africa’s Robbie Hunter in fourth.

Ramunas Navardauskas maintained his lead in the race although his Garmin-Barracuda team mate Tyler Farrar dropped from second place after getting tailed off by the bunch on the run in.

Cavendish received another good set up from his Sky team mates despite an attempted highjacking from Orica in the final kilometre. Lead out by Geraint Thomas on the front, he perfectly anticipated the jump from Goss behind and held him there to the line.

Starting from Modena, a town famous for its balsamic vinegar, the stage traced an almost dead straight line down the edge of the Po valley to the Adriatic seaside.

Almost pan flat for the first hundred miles and broken by just a few low lying climbs on the coast, it was a day that had sprint written all over it from the start.

Nonetheless an early four-man move did try their chances.

Comprising Alessandro De Marchi (Androni Giocattoli), Pier Paolo De Negri (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia) and the Lotto-Belisol pair of Olivier Kaisen and Brian Bulgac, they gained a maximum of around six minutes before a chase led by Liquigas reeled back its fragments with 20km to go.

It proved another difficult day for Taylor Phinney, his ankle still strapped from crashing alongside Cavendish on Monday. The former race leader came down in a fall in the final 40km after Lucas Sebastian Haedo touched a wheel in the bunch.

Results

Giro d’italia 2012 stage five: Modena to Fano, 209km

1. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky in 4:43:15


2. Matt Goss (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge

3. Daniele Bennati (Ita) Radioshack-Nissan

4. Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Barracuda

5. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox

6. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha

7. Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini

8. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale

9. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ BigMat

10. Jonas Aaen Jorgensen (Den) Saxo Bank all same time



Overall classification after stage five

1. Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin-Barracuda in 10-01-53



2. Robbie Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Barracuda at 5 secs


3. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Barracuda at 11 secs


4. Matt Goss (Aus) Orica-Green Edge at 13 secs


5. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky at 14 secs

6. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky at 21 secs

7. Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank at 19 secs


8. Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Barracuda at 26 secs

9. Joaquin Rodriguez (Esp) Katusha at 30 secs

10. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha at 30 secs





Mark Cavendish takes his second stage win of the 2012 Giro d’Italia





Cavendish celebrates with baby daughter Delilah





Ramunas Navardauskas keeps hold of the pink jersey

Giro d’Italia 2012: Latest news



Sky’s Giro team time trial disappointment



Phinney’s terrible day sees Giro lead slip away



Teams ready for Giro’s team time trial



Phinney given all-clear after Giro crash



Ferrari should be ashamed of Giro sprint, says Cavendish



Giro remembers Wouter Weylandt



Cavendish and Thomas a winning combo, says Brailsford



Geraint Thomas narrowly misses out on Giro lead



Phinney realises Giro dream

Giro d’Italia 2012: Live coverage



Giro d’Italia 2012 live text coverage schedule

Giro d’Italia 2012: Stage reports

Stage four: Garmin-Barracuda win TTT to take lead

Stage three: Goss wins in Horsens as Cavendish and Phinney crash

Stage two: Cavendish wins in Herning

Stage one: Phinney wins time trial

Giro d’Italia 2012: Photo galleries



Stage four photo gallery



Stage three photo gallery



Stage two photo gallery



Stage one photo gallery

Giro d’Italia 2012: Teams and riders



Giro d’Italia 2012 start list

Giro d’Italia 2012: TV guide



Giro d’Italia 2012: British Eurosport TV schedule

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  • TG

    Obviously there were no 4th cat women in this event to cause any crashes. Lucky for Cav, eh?
    I believe they are all now booked onto ‘race coaching’ courses.

  • steve clarke

    Brilliant!!!! Well done to Cav for coming back from that horrible crash, if it was me I’d be at home moaning and trying to recover!!!!
    Shows the difference between normal riders and the stars.

  • Eric

    Cav is killing it in the Giro. What world jersey curse?

  • JD

    Pose baby Cav on a bicycle with a rainbow bands bib and she’d be the spit of her dad…

  • Ken Evans

    Another Grand Tour Stage win,
    just another day at the office.

    “…..Modena, a town famous for its balsamic vinegar,….”
    Also known for a product named Ferrari……