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Ferrari motors to sprint win in Giro

CYCLING: Roberto Ferrari won the longest stage of this year's Giro d'Italia from Assisi to Montecatini as Great Britain's Mark Cavendish finished fourth.

Androni Giocattoli rider Ferrari was granted a clear run to the line after a pile-up on the final bend hampered many of the chasing pack, with Cavendish having to ease his pace to avoid the crash.

The Team Sky rider, who was angered by Ferrari after being injured in a crash caused by the Italian on stage three, trailed in behind Francesco Chicchi of Omega Pharma QuickStep and Tomas Vaitkus of Orica GreenEdge.

Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez retained the leader's pink jersey, which he took with a late attack on stage 10 yesterday.

Team Saxo Bank's Manuele Boaro was at the head of the field for almost 230 kilometres of the 258km stage, having been part of an early six-man break, and then pulled clear on his own around 30km from home, but was swallowed up again by the peloton.

Fellow Italians Mirko Selvaggi and Giovanni Visconti briefly led before Team Sky and Saxo Bank made parallel charges to the head of the field.

But the latter were badly affected by the late crash and Sky could not get Cavendish to the front either as Ferrari took the honours.