Mark Cavendish was pipped at the post by Allessandro Petacchi today at Trieste. He still holds the Maglia Rosa however after an excellently ridden stage. Today Petacchi's experience showed through. However I think Cav will not let it happen again. Cavendish has made history in being the first Brit to hold the Maglia Rosa. He has already made his mark as one of cycling's greats. He is young enough and good enough to go much further.
Over the next few stages he is still in a good position to hold onto the jersey designed by Dolce&Gabbana which this year carries the Italian tricola in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Giro.
In the post race interview Mark showed true British sportsmanship by admitting that "Petacchi won today not because he was lucky but because he was better when it counts".
Once again well done Mark! We look forward to seeing you as you pass through Fenestrelle on the 19th.
British cycling kicks ass!