The British sprinter Mark Cavendish belonging to the Omega Pharma-Quick Step got his 100th stage victory in Giro d’Italia after winning the 12th stage in Treviso, Italy. This marked his third victory in the Giro d’Italia this year. However, Vincenzo Nibali (Italian cyclist) is still leading in the Giro d’Italia. Cavendish’s victory in the 12th stage has shattered the hopes of Bradley Wiggins to win Giro d’Italia this year. Wiggins was already suffering from a bad cold and chest infection. The bad weather just made it worse for him and he could not give tough competition to Cavendish.
Chances of Bradley Wiggins’s continuing in the other stages of the Giro d’Italia depends on what the medics have to say about his health condition. But according to Dave Brailsford, if health permits Wiggins will continue and support Rigoberto Uran (Teammate of Wiggins who is standing third overall at the Giro). Wiggins will make his decision before the longest stage at the Giro starts on Friday- 17th of May.
Cavendish has always praised his teammates for his victories. Therefore after the 12th stage victory he took the chance of thanking his teammates again. He said they rode with all their might from the start and gave him the needed lead to win the 12th stage. He was also very happy that he had marked his century stage victory at Giro d’Italia and said he was waiting for this moment anxiously. According to Cavendish the team had come determined to win the stage because they were facing criticisms from many quarters this year.
Cavendish claims that if he does not win any race then it is like losing the race no matter how well he performs in it. Like many of the other rival riders, he was also suffering from cold. But his victory in the 12th stage proves that he is in a better condition than most his rivals.