MARK Cavendish claimed his 100th professional win in fine style to capture the maglia rosa on the opening day of the 2013 edition of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday afternoon.
The Manx Missile avoided a late crash towards the end of the 130-kilometre stage through the streets of Napoli in south-east Italy to contest the sprint against the likes of Elia Viviani, Nacer Bouhannin and former team-mate Matt Goss.
Having been safely delivered to the finishline by Omega-Pharma Quick-Step team-mates and led out by Gert Steegmans, Cav was forced to sprint on the outside but used his trademark burst of speed to surge past his rivals before pipping Viviani to the line by half a wheel.
Fellow Briton Adam Blythe also managed an impressive seventh place finish while Bradley Wiggins came home 18 seconds behind but on the same time as his general classification rivals.
More in Monday’s Isle of Man Examiner.