Mark Cavendish’s partner Peta Todd and the couple’s newly-born daughter Delilah watched the Manx Missile claim his second win of the 2012 Giro d’Italia with a clinical sprint victory in Fano. Here are more pictures from RCUK’s man behind the lens, WorldTour photographer Stefano Sirotti.
Maglia rosa Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Barracuda) signs on ahead of the 209km stage from Modena and Fano.
Navardauskas assumed the race lead from Taylor Phinney after Garmin won the team time trial, with Phinney’s BMC Racing squad only finishing tenth.
A four-man break consisting of Pier Paolo de Negri (Farnese Vini), Alessandro de Marchi (Androni), Olivier Kaisen and Brian Bulgac (Lotto-Belisol) went clear early in the stage.
The peloton were happy to let the group build up a lead of around six minutes on what was the first road stage in Italy after three stages in Denmark and a team time trial in Verona.
De Marchi attacked the escape group on the descent of the day’s sole categorised climb but all the escapees were swept up ahead of the final run-in to Fano.
Team Sky executed a near-perfect leadout for Cavendish, who launched his sprint from the wheel of Geraint Thomas (right of shot).
The victory was Cavendish ninth at the Giro d’Italia and 32nd Grand Tour triumph.
The world champion took newly-born daughter Delilah on the stage for the podium presentation.
Navardauskas finished safely in the bunch to defend his overall lead.
The Lithuanian earned the appreciation of the Giro’s podium girls for a second day.