Elia Viviani is trying to scare Mark Cavendish but it’s not working.
The Italian sprinter for Cannondale banged his bars when he came second to Cavendish in Naples on stage one. Frustrated at just missing a career boosting win and the maglia rosa, he said “I just hope at least that I gave him a bit of a fright.”
The bad news for Viviani is that Cavendish never rides scared. Today on stage 6 from Mola di Bari to Margherita di Savoia, the Manxman beat Viviani again. Whupped the boy good, taught him a lesson, slapped him upside the head with a bicycle. Viviani better have industrial strength handlebars otherwise he’s going to snap them off in frustration.
The same can be said of Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge and Adam Blythe (BMC) — launched too far back, John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) — nowhere to be seen, Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) — fast but not Cav-fast and arch enemy Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) — out of annoyance range in tenth.
This time around it was Bouhanni hammering his bars in disgust. Maybe he and Viviani can have a handlebar-snapping contest at the end of the Giro.
Nobody scares Mark Cavendish, Member of the British Empire and fastest man in the Giro d’Italia. “I’m very happy. The team did an incredible job, everything was perfect, 100 percent right,” said Cavendish. “There were only two stages for the sprinters in the first part of the Giro but I’ve won both of them, so I’m happy.”
Does that sound like a man who is just a little frightened by Viviani? Don’t think so. In fact, in his post race interview, he sounded almost poetic describing the performance of his Omega Pharma Quick-Step squad. “It’s like when you get a kit car. All of the bits have to be fitted together for it to work perfectly. I’m just the last piece, the exhaust, the bit that makes the most noise.”