Somehow, Elia Favilli who showed the bike handling skills managed to bunnyhop the crash and mark cavendish sliding on the ground and pick his way through to finish. He is in yellow in the screen grab below …. Impressive
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The world champion, who a day earlier had criticised what he perceives as erratic and dangerous riding from a portion of the peloton on Italy’s grand tour, was nearing full speed and in contention for a second stage win in as many days when Ferrari veered dramatically across his path and clipped Cavendish’s front wheel.
A series of riders fell as they swerved to miss the prone Manxman, including the race leader, Taylor Phinney.
After carrying his bike across the finish line, Cavendish tweeted: “Ouch! Crashing at 75kph isn’t nice! Nor is seeing Roberto Ferrari’s manoeuvre. [He] should be ashamed to take out Pink, Red & World Champ jerseys.”
He added: “Is the team of Roberto Ferrari or the UCI going to do the right thing? Other riders, including myself, have been sent home for much less.”
Cavendish’s team-mate Geraint Thomas, currently second on general classification, echoed the sentiment, tweeting: “You can get suspended in football for a 2 footed challenge, or a spear tackle in rugby. Kick Ferrari out Giro for crashing 10guys at 60kph!!!”
Team Sky‘s doctor Richard Freeman said that Cavendish was “very uncomfortable” after the fall, and British team’s directeur sportif Steven de Jongh voiced his frustration after watching his riders once again control the peloton but this time to no avail.
He said: “The team did another good job today. Juan Antonio Flecha was really strong and helped control the breakaway. In the final the guys got separated a little bit but Cav was still well positioned to contest the sprint until Roberto Ferrari took away his front wheel. He lost a lot of skin but was able to pick himself up and complete the stage.”
Australia’s Matt Goss, riding for Orica-Greenedge, rode on while chaos spread behind him to win the stage, sprinting clear of Juan José Haedo (Saxo Bank) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) to take over the sprinter’s maglia rosso from Cavendish. Ferrari raced on to finish ninth, comfortably the best result of his professional career.
Phinney fell the hardest and was driven across the line in an ambulance, but recovered to attend the post-race presentation and remains optimistic of defending the maglia rosa when the race resumes on Wednesday for the team time-trial and the first Italian stage of the year, in Verona.
“Nothing appears to be broken. I’m better now,” said the American. “When I was on the ground I was a bit confused and in a state of shock, but I started to feel better when I was in the ambulance. I must have hit something when I fell. It’s a pity that it happened and hopefully it’s nothing. It’s lucky tomorrow is a rest day.”
The 190km stage, which started and finished in Horsens, was dedicated to the memory of Wouter Weylandt, who died on stage three of the the 2011 Giro d’Italia, and the mayor of Horsens Jan Trojborg who died on Sunday. Before the start, riders from Weylandt’s Radioshack Nissan Trek team lined up at the front of the peloton, along with his close friend Farrar. The race’s general director, Michele Acquarone, read a message of condolence in the presence of Weylandt’s family and the assistant mayor of Horsens remembered Trojborg. The ceremony concluded with a minute’s silence.
Cavendish tweeted before the stage: “Remembering Wouter Weylandt, who sadly left us a year ago today.”