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Cavendish aims to open Giro with win in Naples

Updated: May 3, 2013, 12:16 PM ET
Associated Press

NAPLES, Italy -- It's rare when a regular sprint stage opens a Grand Tour, and British standout Mark Cavendish wants to take advantage of the opportunity when the Giro d'Italia starts on Saturday.

The first stage is an 81-mile leg that will follow a circuit in downtown Naples.

"It would be a dream to take the pink jersey in the first stage," Cavendish said. "It's just incredible to ride the Giro. It's one of maybe two races I insist on doing each year. I also have a place in Italy, ...

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