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Ninth for Cav in weather-hit Milan-San Remo

Mark Cavendish came ninth in the Milan-San Remo in terrible conditions yesterday.

The Manx Missile, who won the one-day classic race in 2009, finished 14 seconds behind winner Gerald Ciolek in the chasing pack.

The 298km race was temporarily halted after 117km.

Because of the appalling weather - snow, ice and rain - team buses had to transport the riders about 50km, causing a two-hour delay, to restart 130km from the finish.

A number of riders, including Tom Boonen, 2011 winner Matthew Goss and Vincenzo Nibali abandoned the race during the break.

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