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Plenty at stake in Giro d'Italia opener

Winning the pink jersey in Naples would take on extra signficance for Cavendish

Updated: May 3, 2013, 9:29 PM ET
By Neal Rogers | VeloNews.com

NAPLES, Italy -- There was no shortage of handshakes and hugs at the regal Piazza Plebiscito -- the site of Friday's Giro d'Italia team presentation, which doubled as a reunion of sorts for the pro peloton -- but perhaps no embrace had more star power that between pro cycling's top sprinter and one of the world's premier fashion designers.

Former world champion Mark Cavendish, of Omega Pharma-Quick Step, and Sir Paul Smith, of the eponymously named fashion brand, are close ...

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