Giro d'Italia 2103: Mark Cavendish stage win as it happened

Mark Cavendish wins his fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia by the smallest of margins as the race continues without Sir Bradley Wiggins.

17 May 2013 Last updated at 16:49

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  1. 1648: 

    That is tomorrow though and this is today. The report on Cav's fourth win is up for your perusal and that means it's time for me to depart. Chris Bevan returns to take you through the Alps this weekend and I'm sure you'll join him for what promises to be a thrilling couple of days. Thanks, as always for the texts and tweets.

  2. 1642: 

    Whether Cavendish has the energy to do so is another matter entirely. Saturday sees the race head into the Alps and sprinters and mountains are not the best of bedfellows. There has been talk that the stage may be shortened because of snow on the climb to Bardonecchia, but the riders have a lengthy ascent to Sestriere to tackle first.

  3. 1639: 

    Should Cavendish go on to win the points jersey, he will become only the fifth rider to claim the title at all three Grand Tours - the Giro, Tour de France and Vuelta Espana - joining Djamolidine Abdoujaparov, Laurent Jalabert, Eddy Merckx and Alessandro Petacchi.

  4. 1637: 

    Points jersey standings after stage 13:

    1. Mark Cavendish (GB/Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 108

    2. Cadel Evans (Aus/BMC Racing) 73

    3. Elia Viviani (Ita/Cannondale) 72

    4. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/RadioShack) 59

    5. Maxim Belkov (Rus/Katusha) 55

  5. 1634:  
    Pink Jersey, Giro d'Italia leader

    Overall standings after stage 13:

    1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) 52:38'09"

    2. Cadel Evans (Aus/BMC Racing) +41"

    3. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Team Sky) +2'04"

    4. Robert Gesink (Ned/Blanco) +2'12"

    5. Michele Scarponi (Ita/Lampre) +2'13"

  6. 1631: 

    Official result of stage 13:

    1. Mark Cavendish (GB/Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 6:09:55"

    2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita/RadioShack) ST

    3. Luka Mezgec (Slo/Argos-Shimano)

    4. Brett Lancaster (Aus/Orica GreenEdge)

    5. Elia Viviani (Ita/Cannondale)

  7. 1629:  
    Pink Jersey, Giro d'Italia leader

    Here comes Nibali to don his sixth maglia rosa of this year's race. The obligatory kiss from the models, who took an age to zip up his jersey.

  8. 1627: 

    A few words from Cavendish, before he staggers up the steps to get on the podium for a fourth time. He has the energy to spray the bubbles though and rewards himself with a quick sip. "Today was a bit of a bonus but I'm so tired and I don't know how I'm going to get into the mountains," he said. "I had to go 350m out after that hard day and I'm on my knees. I didn't want to go for the sprint for today but the call came from the team so I had to go for it. Once again the team did brilliantly and I had to finish it for them."

  9. 1623:  
    Pink Jersey, Giro d'Italia leader

    The overall standings remain unchanged with Vincenzo Nibali continuing in the pink jersey. He has been in the saddle for 52hours, 38 minutes 09 seconds and he continues to lead Cadel Evans by 41 seconds with Team Sky's Rigoberto Uran third at 2'04" back.

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    Mark in Berkshire, via text on 81111: Fantastic Cav again.

    Andrew, via text on 81111: Question. What us missing from SBW's palmares? Answer. World champion on the road. Where is the 2013 world championship being held? Tuscany. That would be a nice way to finished unfinished business.

    Edward Revell on Twitter: Unstoppable @MarkCavendish wins his 4th stage and No. 101 overall, what a hero.

  11. 1618: 

    Another incredible burst of speed from Cavendish who came around Giacomo Nizzolo in the last 300m with Luka Mezgec taking third. Almost immediately after crossing the line, Cav collapsed off his bike and plonked himself down on the floor. He looked absolutely shattered but a quick drink and he was all smiles again.

  12. 1616: 

    That is a fourth stage win on this year's Giro for the Manxman and a 14th overall in the Italian race - and his 101st professional victory let us not forget.

  13. 1615:  
    Rob Hayles, Former GB cyclist and 5 live sports extra commentator

    "I don't know what happened to his lead-out man Gert Steegmans. He had to time it to perfection. My last text to him was don't go too early because the Tarmac is soft and it will be like riding through treacle. Mark Cavendish 100% strike rate."

  14. 1612: 
    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT

    BRITAIN'S MARK CAVENDISH WINS GIRO D'ITALIA STAGE 13.

  15. 1611: 

    Looks like the peloton is going to time this to perfection again. They are straight past Di Luca and Caruso in a flash. Canondale, Orica GreenEdge and Omega Pharma Quick-Step pushing the pace. Cavendish in about 12th as we go into the final kilomtre.

  16. 1609: 

    Caruso has a 15-second lead over the main bunch as he enters the final 4km of today's stage. "It's going to be touch and go," says Rob Hayles on commentary. Danilo di Luca, the 2007 Giro champion jumps clear of the peloton. But they are on a typically straight Roman road as they go under the 3km banner and that won't help the escapees.

  17. 1607: 

    That was some move from Nibali, but it looks like BMC Racing's Cadel Evans has followed. He is 41 seconds behind the Italian in the overall standings and needs to keep tabs on him. Caruso continuing to lead with 5km remaining.

  18. 1606:  
    Pink Jersey, Giro d'Italia leader

    Buongiorno, Oscar Gatto are two of the leading six. Katusha's Caruso makes a break for glory with 6.5km to go. And here's Vincenzo Nibali - the pink jersey bolts towards the front of the race.

  19. 1604: 

    Omega Pharma Quick-Step are not getting much help in chasing this leading group down. Orica GreenEdge, who have been helping at points throughout the stage are just starting to come to the fore. No news on where their spritner Matt Goss is though. The leading gruop is down to five.

  20. 1600: 

    Nine riders have established a bit of a lead on the road. No big panic in the peloton at the moment as the gap is only nine seconds as they reach the 10mk to go sign. Lampre's Roberto Ferrari will not be contesting the sprint today - he's out the back of the peloton and pedalling about as slowly as I do.

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    Juan Dickinson on Twitter: Seems a fairly academic debate. If Wiggins is in contention on that TDF course, I'll cycle the course myself while eating my hat.

    Keir in London, via text on 81111: Tour de France 2012: 101.4km of ITT (highest climb - 379m) Tour de France 2013: 65.0km of ITT (including mountainous stage 17)

  22. 1555: 

    Lastras goes under the 15km banner with Bak in pursuit as they climb out of Barolo on a small climb that is seeing more and more riders trying to break clear but Omega Pharma Quick-Step are marshalling the peloton well and keeping Cavendish up towards the front.

  23. 1552: 

    Francesco Buongiorno is the next to have a go as the peloton enters the wine-producing town of Barolo. Vineyards aplenty on either side of the road and a couple of Vini Fantini riders have a little dabble. Lastras of Movistar goes clear of Bak at the front, while Boem predictably drops back.

  24. 1549: 

    Boem looks spent up front - he is bobbing all over the place on his bike, head and shoulders rolling, mouth wide open gulping in air. Alessandro Proni of the Vini Fantini team has a rush of blood to his head and leaps out of the peloton, gains around 50m, looks back and then just gives up with a little wave of the hand. I don't know what he was doing either.

  25. 1544: 

    The leaders appear to be extending their advantage, which is up at 46 seconds as they go under the 20km to go banner. That's only because the peloton is taking a breather in readiness for what promises to be a frantic finish.

  26. 1542:  
    Simon Brotherton, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

    "There has been talk that Sunday's stage finish atop the Galibier may not happen because of the snow and tomorrow's finish in Bardonecchia may also be moved down the mountain."

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    Rob Osborne on Twitter: Froome to lead tour as planed. Wiggo should help him, bide his time nail the tts and take his opportunities when they arise.

    Julian Stow on Twitter: Dave in Sheffield is spot on. SBR just has to support Froome and finish on his wheel in each stage and then blitz the final TT. #bbccycling

  28. 1538:  
    Rob Hayles, Former GB cyclist and 5 live sports extra commentator

    "There's no point in bringing the break back too early because that only encourages others to go on the attack."

  29. 1538: 

    Bak, Boem and Lastras working better together up front as they go under the 25km to go banner. The peloton is hot on their wheels though - you get the feeling they're just letting them hang out there.

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    Ewan in Falkirk, via text on 81111: For a moment there I really thought Wiggo could wrestle that Maglia Rosa off of Nibali's back, but the Giro's chewed him up & spat him out. Sad times. Really rooting for Rigoberto Uran. He's shown superb form.

  31. 1535:  
    Simon Brotherton, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

    Simon Brotherton and Rob Hayles are up and running on the commentary. They are on the website only today and will talk you through the final 30km or so of the stage.

  32. 1534: 

    A rare descent in the dry for the riders and they are taking full advantage, zipping round the bends as the trio out front continue their futile ride for glory. Omega Pharma Quick-Step have reduced the lead to 13 seconds as unconfirmed reports reach me that Orica's sprint man Matt Goss was dropped on that climb.

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    Steve in London, via text on 81111: Froome has to be leader based on 2013 form and for his work last year but Wiggins should be another alternative should Froome be ill or crash as should Porte, Henao and Uran!

    Dave in Sheffield, via text on 81111: If Wiggins is on top form at the Tour and sticks with Froome in the mountains, who's going to tell Brad to slow down in the time trials to engineer a Froome victory?

    Ian in Essex, via text on 81111: I cannot understand why so many people think that Wiggo should not want to defend his TdF crown. Cadel Evans wanted to defend it last even though TJ van Garderen was clearly the strongest man in the team at the time. What would you do if you were Wiggins?

  34. 1528: 

    The Omega Pharma Quick-Step boys are back on the front of the peloton and I can see Cavendish's red jersey half a dozen or so riders back - he's successfully made it over the top. A formality for the race win now?

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    Garmin-Sharp's Ryder Hesjedal on Twitter: Just wanted to say thank you to everyone, family, friends, fans and especially @Ride_Argyle @giroditalia the support is incredible.

  36. 1526: 

    The leading trio have gone over the top of the climb and Bak takes over from Boem on the descent. He's not going to do all the work though and cheekily suggest to Boem that he should take a turn on the front. The peloton is spread out across the road and just 22 seconds back. It's like watching a cheetah stalking a gazelle.

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    Sam Earnshaw on Twitter: People seem to forget that Froome would have won the Vuelta if Sky weren't SO focused on Wiggins. Surely it can't happen again?

    Husnun Nazeeyl on Twitter: Why cant Sky let both Wiggo & Froome to compete against each other & finalise a leader halfway through like they do in F1? #bbccycling

  38. 1518: 

    Boem continues to be the windbreak for Lastras and Bak and the peloton continues to come. Vini Fantini riders are setting the pace as the road continues to snake upwards and the lead drops to 34 seconds.

  39. 1515: 

    All the general classification contenders are safely ensconced in the peloton, which also contains Cav, who is keeping up near the front of the peloton. Even if he falls back a little, he has around 40km from the summit to recover. Still 4.5km of the climb to go though. Can Cav keep in touch?

  40. 1511: 

    Three riders are out clear at the front. Boem is pulling Lastras and Bak up the hill and they appear content to sit in his wheel. The other four who were in the break are heading back towards the peloton, while several riders continue to go the other way, trying to bridge the 50-second or so gap to the leaders...if that makes sense?!

  41. 1508: 

    There are attacks off the front of the peloton on the lower slopes of this ascent. Perhaps the puncheurs are looking to distance the sprinters on this climb. The peloton has responded by putting the hammer down. There are riders all over the hill.

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    Chris Dodd on Twitter: TeamSky shouldn't commit early to 1 leader at TdF & see how race develops 1st week. Keep options open & other teams guessing.

    Thomas Lawlor on Twitter: If Team Sky make Wiggins leader for Le tour, Froome should quit. They ruined Cavendish's season last year.

    Jim Egan on Twitter: How much power does Wiggins have in Team Sky? Who will tell him ne's not riding the Tour if he decides he is? #bbccycling

  43. 1504: 

    The leaders are on the third category ascent of the only major climb of the day. It's a 10km or so climb and Nicola Beom has had an early dig and opened up a bit of a gap on his fellow escapees.

  44. 1502: 

    Back on the road, and the leaders are inside the final 50km but their lead is down to around 80 seconds as the peloton, pulled along by the Orica GreenEdge and Omega Pharma Quick-Step teams continue to close the gap.

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    Andrew in Altrincham, via text on 81111: Listen to what Brad said a few weeks ago, he will support Froome up the mountains but will not pull over with 3k to go and finish down the field. Froome didn't pull over last year. Form, fitness and tts will decide.

    Sam Keir in London, via text on 81111: Sky would be mad to include Wiggins in their Tour de France squad. He would take the place of a domestique who would actually offer something in the mountains to team leader and superior GC rider, Chris Froome. Furthermore, his presence would only distract from Froome's challenge for the maillot jaune. There is no room for sentimentality in a Grand Tour. Brailsford knows this.

  46. 1457: 

    Interesting talk from Sir Brad, particularly the line about "being back to full strength for the Tour". Big chats and decision to come from Team Sky at some point in June you've got to imagine.

  47. 1453: 

    Here's a bit more from Wiggo: "The decision was made with a view to being back to full strength for the Tour [de France]. The risk was that I did more damage."

  48. 1451: 

    Bradley Wiggins has been speaking for the first time since abandoning the Tour. He said: "It's really disappointing to stop in this way because we came here for so much more. I didn't really have much sleep last night. It's hard being in that position yesterday. I'm not used to being dropped on the flat. That's a sign that something's not right."

  49. 1447: 
    OUCH!

    There's a bit of a coming together in the peloton and a couple of the Colombia riders are tangled up - nothing serious thankfully. The leaders continue through the vineyards with their lead hovering around the 1'50" mark with 55km left.

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    Kit in Surrey, via text on 81111: LOVE Vini Fantini as team name. Reminds me of Hannah Montana or Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy. As for the colour scheme... hmm.

    Flash via text on 81111: With Froome team leader for the Tour, surely Wiggins will target the Veula now instead?

    Bobby via text on 81111: For wine lovers, they're passing through the Langhe.

  51. 1436: 

    The withdrawal of Wiggins from this race has certainly reignited the issue of leadership at the Tour de France. Rob Hayles told me this morning that it's going to be a tough call for Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford but if Wiggins is in form, it will be difficult to stop him trying to defend the yellow jersey. What's your thoughts on the Team Sky Tour de France dilemma? Text me on 81111 or tweet #bbccyling

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    Chris Morris in Cardiff, via text on 81111: Wiggins will go home, dust himself off and be even more determined to defend his TDF yellow jersey after his Giro nightmare. Froome must be a little concerned.

    Chris in Romford, via text on 81111: I think Uran is a great bet he seems to be in excellent form. Shame he lost time trying to rescue Wiggo otherwise he'd be snapping even closer at the heels of Nibali. Perhaps Sky need to learn not to put all their eggs in one basket.

  53. 1431: 

    There is a bit of rain in the air at the finish in Cherasco - the umbrellas are out at the finish line which is where BBC radio commentators Simon Brotherton and Rob Hayles are getting set up - they will be on air, via the website only today, from 15:30 BST.

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    Chris Duerden on Twitter: Lars Bak on the attack again on the anniversary of his stage win 17th May last year.

    Ryan Tate on Twitter: Team Sky will just continue with business as usual. They have a contender in the GC it just happens not to be Uran not Wiggo.

    Grant Wyeth on Twitter: I think Evans might sneak the GC. He's gone quietly about his business whilst everyone has discussed Team Sky and Wiggo.

  55. 1424: 

    Rafael Andriato of the Vini Fantini team leaps clear of the leading bunch to take the intermediate sprint, which is situated around 70km from the finish. The Omega Pharma Quick-Step riders are pulling the peloton along and they speed over the line 2'26" later. The gap reducing with each pedal turn.

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    Some other riders were tweeting before setting off this morning.

    Bitish rider Alex Dowsett is hoping for a rain-free day: I have it on authority from an Italian in Italy (@eroscapecchi) that there'll be no rain at the start or the finish.

    Australia sprinter Matt Goss is looking forward to the category three climb late on in the stage: A giro sprint day today. ONLY a 10k climb at 5% just before the finish of our 254k stage.

    And American Taylor Phinney is just enjoying the clear skies: Seriously seeing the sun right now is magical. #giro

  57. 1416: 

    The seven out front are working well together, each taking a turn on the front to help keep the pace high but the peloton continues to eat into their lead, which is now at 2'48" with 75km remaining.

  58. 1413: 

    Here's what Cav did between winning on Thursday and setting out this morning, via Twitter: Finished massage at 23:30 last night, up at 7:30 this morning. I'm more than a little tired & today we have a 254km stage. In the rain.

    So not a lot then. The good news is, the rain continues to hold off, although the forecast suggest that there is the potential for some showers.

  59. 1411: 

    Here's our first sighting of Mark Cavendish, flanked by his Omega Phamra Quick-Step team-mates and looking reasonably fresh - he's in the red points jersey after winning on Thursday and here's the top five in that classification:

    1. Mark Cavendish (GB/Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 83

    2. Cadel Evans (Aus/BMC Racing) 73

    3. Elia Viviani (Ita/Cannondale) 60

    4. Maxim Belkov (Rus/Katusha) 55

    5. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Team Sky) 53

  60. 1408: 

    The peloton is stretching its legs a little and is quite strung out as they set about chasing down the septet out front. The lead is down to around three minutes with a touch under 80km remaining.

  61. 1407:  
    Pink Jersey, Giro d'Italia leader

    A quick look at the overall standings after stage 12:

    1. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Astana) 46:28:14"

    2. Cadel Evans (Aus/BMC Racing) +41"

    3. Rigoberto Uran (Col/Team Sky) +2:04"

    4. Robert Gesink (Ned/Blanco) +2:12"

    5. Michele Scarponi (Ita/Lampre) +2:13"

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    Graham Fulcher via text on 81111: The most worried person in cycling today must be Froome. His sole leadership of the tour is really in question now.

    Andrew in Altrincham, via text on 81111: Sad that Sir Wiggo is out but we should still support Team Sky, they are a British team, just like Premier League teams in Europe are british even with few British players.

  63. 1400: 

    The escapees are currently motoring along at a pacy 54km/h if an electronic roadside speedcheck is to be believed and that's probably why their advantage has moved back out to 3'40". They are 85km from the finish in Cherasco. Just the one climb of any significance to negotiate - a category three hill which summits 40km from the finish.

  64. 1356: 

    The good news is that the sun is shining and one can only imagine how happy the riders will be to have a bit of warmth on their backs. The seven out front are: Lars Bak (Lotto-Belisol), Rafael Andriato (Vini Fantini), Nicola Boem (Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox), Giairo Ermeti (Androni-Venezuela), Danilo Hondo (RadioShack-Leopard), Pablo Lastras (Movistar) and Tobias Ludvigsson (Argos-Shimano).

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    Rob Hayles, Former GB cyclist and 5 live sports extra commentator

    On Twitter: Photo of riders on today's start line. They seem to have shrunk in yesterday's rain.

  66. 1350: 

    And what do Team Sky do now? Rigoberto Uran is their best-placed rider in the overall standings, at two minutes, four seconds behind Nibali. The Colombian is an excellent climber and he could test the Italian in the Alps and Dolomites. #bbccycling

  67. 1348: 
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    BBC Radio commentator Rob Hayles told me this morning that he hopes Cav is not too tired but, given his exertions yesterday, he could understand if he wasn't contesting the finish today. What's your thoughts? Will Cav make it four from four? Will anyone stop Nibali from winning the overall race? Tweet me #bbccycling or Text me on 81111 - please remember to put your name on your text and Cycling as the first word and I'll use as many as I can.

  68. 1344: 

    So, on to today's mammoth 254km stage - the longest of this year's Giro - which is well under way. A breakaway group of seven riders opened up a lead of around 13 minutes at one point but as we join proceedings, with around 100km remaining, the peloton has reduced that to just under three minutes. A sprint finish looks likely - has Cavendish got the legs to go for another win?

  69. 1342: 

    Wiggins is in good company, with defending champion Ryder Hesjedal also dropping out this morning because of illness. Sprinter Nacer Bouhanni, who was second behind Cavendish on Thursday, has also gone. A total of 18 riders from the 207 starters have now abandoned.

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    Sunday Times cycling journalist David Walsh on Twitter: Spoke with team doc Richard Freeman who said he would not let his son ride today if he had chest infection BW has. Therefore easy decision.

  71. 1335: 

    It's not the biggest of surprises but it's still a sad day for Wiggo, who was looking to become the first British winner of the race. He certainly looked in a world of pain as he battled the chest infection that has troubled him over the last few days, not to mention the torrential rain, as he finished the stage more than three minutes behind race leader Vincenzo Nibali.

  72. 1333: 

    Ciao. Welcome to live text commentary of stage 13 of the 2013 Giro d'Italia. Cav's stunning sprint in the Treviso rain was certainly the highlight of Thursday's 134km stage but that was yesterday. This is today. And I'm sure you've all seen the news that Sir Bradley Wiggins has abandoned the race on medical advice.

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