Mark Cavendish crashes out of Giro d"Italia

Disaster for Cavendish as British star crashes out of Giro d'Italia



15:00 GMT, 7 May 2012

Team Sky's Mark Cavendish crashed out of the Giro d'Italia as Matthew Goss won Stage Three of the 2012 edition.

Cavendish and Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing) both crashed out but Goss (Orica-Green Edge) kept out of trouble to secure his first victory of the season.

Crashing out: Cavendish (centre) falls 100 metres from the finish line

Crashing out: Cavendish (centre) falls 100 metres from the finish line

Goss' team dominated in the final kilometres of the race, only going to the front inside the final two kilometres to deliver Orica's first Grand Tour stage win in four hours 20 minutes 53 seconds.

Juan Jose Heado (Saxo Bank) and Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) finished second and third on the stage.

Despite crashing out, Phinney retained the overall leader's pink jersey.

Today's 190km stage was from Horsens to Horsens and was dedicated to the memory of Wouter Weylandt, who died during the 2011 Giro d'Italia, and the mayor of Horsens Jan Trojborg who died yesterday.

Before the start, riders from Weylandt's Radioshack Nissan Trek team lined up at the front of the peloton, with his close friend Farrar of the Garmin-Barracuda team.

The general director of RCS Sport Michele Acquarone read a message of condolence in the presence of Weylandt's family and the assistant mayor of Horsens remembered Jan Trojborg.

The ceremony concluded with a minute's silence. Cavendish Tweeted: 'Remembering Wouter Weylandt, who sadly left us a year ago today.'