Mark Cavendish looked out of the window from the team’s hotel in Mantova, Italy, today and breathed a sigh of relief. The Danish stages are over and he’s back in one of his favourite countries, albeit with some scratches and road rash.

The World Champion rode with his Sky team-mates for about two hours in the late morning. They tested their Pinarello Graal time trial bikes and formation ahead of tomorrow’s 33.2-kilometre team time trial in Verona.

He stood out from his team-mates in their black and blue kits due to his rainbow jersey and bandages covering his left side. Yesterday, in the final 250 metres, he was knocked off his bike by rival sprinter Roberto Ferrari (Androni).

Race leader, Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) also came down and suffered cuts to his right ankle. Cavendish was checked by the team’s doctors and Phinney by the Verona hospital staff, both were given the OK to race tomorrow.

Cavendish wants to help the team win the leg in Verona and put Geraint Thomas in the leader’s pink jersey. By doing so, he’d set himself up for the pink jersey the next day in Fano. Stage winners are awarded a 20 second time bonus, with 12 and 8 seconds going to second and third.

Thomas trails Phinney by nine seconds, Cavendish trails by 27 seconds.

“He’s had a few big spills in his time, he knows how to recover. The rest day will help him,” Thomas told Cycling Weekly yesterday. “He’ll be able to put it right on the next sprint day. Plus, he wants to do well in the time trial.”

Two years ago, Cavendish crashed in the Tour de France’s first leg to Brussels. Though it was not as serious, he bounced back to win four days later.

Sky plans more training tomorrow on the actual course, which will be closed in the morning. The team’s nine riders start at 16:16 local time.

Cycling Weekly will be covering the team time trial with live and interactive text updates throughout the afternoon on Wednesday, brought to you in association with Chain Reaction Cycles. 

Related links

Giro d’Italia 2012: Team time trial start order

Giro d’Italia 2012: Latest news

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

Thomas and Phinney talk Giro d’Italia time trial

Kennaugh enters Giro with least amount of racing miles

Cavendish faces first Grand Tour as World Champ and father

Frank Schleck’s last minute Giro adventure

Swift out of Giro after training crash

Giro d’Italia 2012: Who will win?

Sky to battle for Giro’s team time trial

Hesjedal aims for Giro win

Giro d’Italia 2012: Start list

Cavendish, Thomas, Kennaugh, Swift and Stannard for Giro

Giro d’Italia 2012: Jerseys unveiled

Giro d’Italia organiser announces wildcard teams for 2012

Giro d’Italia 2012 route revealed

Giro d’Italia 2012: Stage reports

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 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

Related links

Giro d’Italia 2012: The Big Preview

Cycling Weekly’s Giro d’Italia section


  • arronski

    Hard as nails, nasty road rash , best way to go win TTT, !

  • geoffgartrell

    Fararri should be sent home; anyone who rides like that isn’t a true pro rider and is putting the livlihood of other riders in jepordy