Roberto Ferrari wins into Montecatini Terme.
With about 400 meters to go, Sacha Modolo slid off his bike and right into the barrier during stage 11, as the sprinters were getting into position for the final gallop into Montecatini Terme.
It was the longest stage (255km) of this Giro. Flat, culminating in another sprinters duel with a final technical corner bringing down Modolo and many others. Matt Goss wasn't in the final move, Cavendish was but slightly behind as Roberto Ferrari turned on the after-burners and won his first Giro victory.
After the stage, Ferrari said,
"I wanted to make up for what happened in Denmark. I apologise once again. I thank the jury for letting me continue in the race, who understood that it wasn't a deliberate mistake."
Cavendish angrily replied,
"I congratulate you (Ferrari) for today but you're lucky to still be in the race. But the commissioners should have sent you home."
Stage 11 Assisi-Montecatini Terme:
Maglia Rosa: Joaquim Rodriguez
Maglia Rosso: Mark Cavendish
Maglia Azzurra: Miguel Rubaino Chavez
Maglia Bianca: Damiano Caruso
Canadians on GC:
2. Ryder Hesjedal (0:17s)
136. Christian Meier (1:05:58)
140. Dom Rollin (1:07:59)
165. Svein Tuft (1:20:34)