Cavendish wins Tirreno stage; Contador keeps lead
Cavendish takes advantage of crash to easily win 6th stage of Tirreno; Contador keeps lead
Associated Press
2014-03-17 11:42 PM

PORTO SANT'ELPIDIO, Italy (AP) -- British rider Mark Cavendish took advantage of a crash to easily win the sixth and penultimate stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico race Monday, and Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead.

When several riders went down with little more than a kilometer to go, the pack split and Cavendish's Omega Pharma-Quick Step train was virtually alone in front.

Cavendish won the stage in 4 hours, 16 minutes, 15 seconds along the mostly flat 189-kilometer (117-mile) leg from Bucchianico to Porto Sant'Elpidio. It was his second win this season and the 111th of his career.

Cavendish's teammate and setup man, Alessandro Petacchi, crossed second and Peter Sagan of Slovakia was third, each with the same time.

The race ends Tuesday with a 9.1-kilometer (5.7-mile) individual time trial in San Benedetto del Tronto.

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