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Giro d'Italia 2012 Live: Mark Cavendish Captures Stage 2 Victory

Stage 2 of the 2012 Giro d'Italia is in the books with Mark Cavendish winning the looping course through Herning, Denmark. Garmin-Barracuda's Tyler Farrar came in fourth for the day, the only member of the team to finish inside the top 10 for the stage.

Cavendish completed the course in 4:53:12, but that was not enough to overcome Taylor Phinney, who still wears the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey) after the first two stages of the day. Cavendish took the final sprint to the finish line, as expected since sprinting is his strong suit.

The Giro completes its run through Denmark with Stage 3 on Monday before a rest day on Tuesday and a trip to Italy for the remainder of the race.

Here are the Stage 2 top 10 results and the overall results:

Stage 2 Name Country Team Time d Time bonus
1 Mark Cavendish GBR SKY 4:53:12 0:00 20"
2 Matthew Harley Goss AUS OGE 4:53:12 0:00 12"
3 Geoffrey Soupe FRA FDJ 4:53:12 0:00 8"
4 Tyler Farrar USA GRM 4:53:12 0:00
5 Roberto Ferrari ITA AND 4:53:12 0:00
6 Mark Renshaw AUS RAB 4:53:12 0:00
7 Thor Hushovd NOR BMC 4:53:12 0:00
8 Daniele Bennati ITA RNT 4:53:12 0:00
9 William Bonnet FRA FDJ 4:53:12 0:00
10 Geraint Thomas GBR SKY 4:53:12 0:00

Overall Name Country Team Time d
1 Taylor Phinney USA BMC 5:03:38 0:00
2 Geraint Thomas GBR SKY 5:03:47 0:09
3 Alex Rasmussen DEN GRM 5:03:51 0:13
4 Manuele Boaro ITA SAX 5:03:53 0:15
5 Gustav Erik Larsson SWE VCD 5:04:00 0:22
6 Ramunas Navardauskas LTU GRM 5:04:00 0:22
7 Brett Lancaster AUS OGE 5:04:01 0:23
8 Marco Pinotti ITA BMC 5:04:02 0:24
9 Jesse Sergent NZL RNT 5:04:04 0:26
10 Nelson Oliveira POR RNT 5:04:05 0:27

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