Cavendish got the perfect lead out from team mate Edvald Boasson Hagen and Mark Renshaw to take a superb second Giro stage win.
"Going through the tunnel at the top of the Turchino was quite special. It was were Milan-San Remo really stated and it brought back some nice, happy memories," Mark said after his win.
"I was a bit worried that I would suffer on the Turchino and thought it was going take the sting out of my legs but it’s unbelievable when you can smell the finish and how deeper you can go,"
"I was put in good position to have some sliding room but didn’t need it. To be honest I seemed to be floating up there. It was perfect."
"It’s a nice descent and so I was more relaxed because I was near the front and then the team placed me in perfect position. I didn’t want a repeat of the first stage and so hit out early. When it kicked up I said ‘oh-ho’ but I managed to keep going and win. I seem to be in better form that I thought I was."
Happy birthday to Mark today!
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