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Cav seventh in stage nine of Giro

Mark Cavendish took seventh place following a hotly-contested sprint at the end of stage nine of the Giro d'Italia yesterday.

It was won by Italy's Daniele Bennati, who just edged out fellow Tuscan Paolo Bettini in a photo-finish.

Cav also finds himself in seventh in the points classification.

Today sees the riders take a well-earned rest day before resuming tomorrow with the 36km time trial between Pesaro and Urbino.

The short but gruelling stage features a long climb to the finish, plus the ascent of the Monte de Colbordolo.

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