Cavendish wins sprint; Goss maintains overall lead

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Associated Press

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 9:02 AM

INDICATORE, Italy (AP) — World champion Mark Cavendish won the second stage of the weeklong Tirreno-Adriatico race in a sprint finish Thursday, while Australian Matthew Goss retained the overall lead.

Cavendish was in fifth position just a few hundred yards from the finish but surged for his fourth victory of the season. He hopes to cap the season with Olympic gold on home soil in London in July.

The Team Sky rider clocked 6 hours, 32 minutes, 32 seconds over the mostly flat 143-mile leg from San Vincenzo to Indicatore. Three-time world champion Oscar Freire of Spain crossed second and American sprinter Tyler Farrar was third, both with the same time as Cavendish.

Stage three on Friday is a 111-mile leg from Indicatore to Terni.

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