Friday, May 21, 2010

Tour of California

MODESTO, Calif. -- Italian rider Francesco Chicchi emerged from a mass sprint to upset Manx rider, Mark Cavendish and win stage 4 of the Tour of California on Wednesday, while American David Zabriskie held onto his slim overall lead. Chicchi completed the 121.5-mile ride from San Jose to Modesto in 4 hours, 55 minutes and 2 seconds. The Liquigas rider narrowly held off Juan Jose Haedo of Saxo-Bank and Cavendish, the HTC-Columbia rider who won the opening stage. Both had the same time as the winner.
"Mark and I are rivals on the bike, but we are good friends off the bike," said the 29-year-old Chicchi, who claimed his fifth win of the season. "Winning is always good, but to beat the No. 1 is even better."
Cavendish, who has won 10 stages of the Tour de France the past two years, has more than 60 pro wins and is generally considered cycling's best sprinter.

ESPN

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