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Pelucchi wins 2nd stage of Tirreno-Adriatico
Matteo Pelucchi wins 2nd stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, Mark Cavendish keeps overall lead
Associated Press
2014-03-13 11:42 PM

CASCINA, Italy (AP) -- Matteo Pelucchi timed his sprint to perfection to win the second stage of the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico cycling race on Thursday, and Mark Cavendish retained the overall lead.

Pelucchi edged Arnaud Demare and Andre Greipel after making his move 100 meters from the end of the 166-kilometer (103-mile) leg from San Vincenzo to Cascina for the biggest win of his career.

Cavendish finished a disappointing 17th but remains in the overall lead after he and his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team won a time trial to open the race on Wednesday.

Five riders broke clear early on, and Daniel Teklehaymanot, Marco Canola, Alex Dowsett, David De La Cruz and Davide Malacarne swiftly built a lead of five minutes.

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