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NAPLES, Italy -- British standout Mark Cavendish won the opening stage of the Giro dItalia in a sprint Saturday that was marred by a crash shortly before the finish. The main pack was split into two groups when riders went down with less than two kilometres to go in the 130-kilometre leg and less than a dozen riders were left in front to contest the sprint. Cavendish, who rides for the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, finished in two hours 58 minutes 38 seconds on the circuit in downtown Naples, which featured a long, flat finishing straight. The Isle of Man rider has now won a combined 37 stages at the Giro, Tour and Vuelta -- cyclings three Grand Tours. Defending champion Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria, and other overall favourites Bradley Wiggins and Vincenzo Nibali, finished safely in the main pack. All of the riders who finished in the main pack were given the same time as the winner courtesy of the neutralizing rule for crashes in the final kilometres. Elia Viviani, an Italian with Cannondale, crossed second, and Nacer Bouhanni, a Frenchman with FDJ, was third. It was the 11th Giro stage win of Cavendishs career and his 98th victory overall. Hell wear the overall leaders pink jersey in Sundays second stage, a team time trial on the nearby island of Ischia. With time bonuses of 20, 12 and eight seconds handed out to the top three finishers, Cavendish took an eight-second lead on Viviani in the overall standings. It will mark the fourth time Cavendish wears the pink jersey. He wore it for two days in 2009 when his former team Columbia won the opening team time trial and for one day in 2011 after a stage win. "Ive worn it before at the start but that was thanks to my team," Cavendish said. "I really wanted to win this here in Napoli. ... Now I want to go for a pizza." Cavendish didnt have any teammates helping him in the finish but he used the crosswind to good effect and burst in front just before the line. "Im lucky I have the speed to be able to come like that in the final," he said The course featured two mild climbs in the Posillipo neighbourhood and several loops down the finishing straight alongside the bay. On a warm spring day, fans came out en masse to watch the race. Some even brought their dogs, one of which nearly tripped up some riders on a sharp corner after slipping under a barrier lining the road. With the roads narrow in areas and stretches of cobblestones, there were several crashes. Among those who hit the asphalt early on were Laurent Pichon of France, Matteo Rabottini of Italy and Miguel Minguez Ayala of Spain. Italians Mattia Gavazzi and Davide Apollonio, plus Belgian Klaas Lodewyck, were involved in the crash near the end that split the group, although they appeared to escape serious injury. "Some guys took me with them and I crashed into the barriers," Lodewyck said. Cavendish attributed the crashes to hairpin turns after long, wide straightaways. "Circuit races always have crashes but its nice to have circuit races for the fans," Cavendish said. "This is probably the most chaotic city Ive been to so to clear the traffic from the city centre Ive really got to take my hat off to the organizers." There were a couple of groups of early breakaway riders and the last man caught by the main pack was Cameron Wurf, an Australian with Cannondale, with about 20 kilometres to go. Cavendishs Omega team led the chase. Sundays team time trial from Ischia to Forio lasts 17.4 kilometres. While Omega is without its time trial specialist Tony Martin, Cavendish is hoping for a solid performance. "Were going to do everything we can to keep it," he said of the pink jersey. The race ends May 26 in Brescia. Glenn Anderson Jersey . The 15th-ranked Canadian men lost the opening two games of their European tour: 19-15 to No. 17 Georgia and 21-20 to No. Cam Talbot Jersey . 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City boss Manuel Pellegrini opted to partner Wilfried Bony with Sergio Aguero up front at Carrow Road, but the Ivory Coast striker did not touch the ball inside the area for the entirety of his stint before being replaced by Raheem Sterling.Bony has scored just four goals in 19 Premier League appearances this season, and Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry was left baffled by the 27-year-olds lack of presence in the area on Saturday. I couldnt understand it. Theyre trying to get back in the title race and need goals for that. Pellegrini went with two strikers, he said. Bony has struggled to hold down a first-team place since moving to City You should be running, breaking your neck to get into the box.dddddddddddd Thats not good enough, you have to be in the box. Who is there to make sure that you can upset the Norwich defence?Saturdays draw in East Anglia leaves City nine points adrift of leaders Leicester with just nine games left to play. And Henry believes the clubs focus may now have switched to a battle for the top four rather than one for the Premier League title.I think its Leicesters to lose, he added. We were saying before the game: Can Man City win the title? I think the question now is: Can they stay in the top four?Hit the video at the top of this story for Henrys assessment in full. Also See: City hopes hurt by draw Man City video Man City fixtures Man City stats Discount NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys 2019 NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '

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