Cavendish wins 6th stage; Paolini keeps Giro lead
MARGHERITA DI SAVOIA, Italy (AP) - Mark Cavendish dominated the sprint finish of the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday and Luca Paolini held the overall lead.
Cavendish, the British standout with the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, clocked 3 hours, 56 minutes, 3 seconds over the mostly flat 104-mile leg from Mola di Bari to Margherita di Savoia.
Elia Viviani, an Italian with Cannondale, crossed second, and Matthew Goss, an Australian with Orica-GreenEdge, was third. Both with the same time as Cavendish.
Cavendish won his 12th Giro stage and 99th victory overall.
The seventh stage Friday is a hilly 109-mile leg from San Salvo to Pescara.