Sir Bradley Wiggins has withdrawn from the Tour de France after a chest infection and a knee injury left the defending champion unable to train.
MARK CAVENDISH overcame a late series of small but challenging climbs to earn his fourth stage win, and second in succession, at the Giro d'Italia.
Mark Cavendish racked up the 100th win of his career on Stage 12 yesterday but the overall victory hopes of Bradley Wiggins were in tatters when he lost time on the main bunch.
Colombian Rigoberto Uran moved into third place overall after capturing a solo victory in the Giro d'Italia's first summit finish yesterday.
REFLECTION, refocus, recuperation, regroup: that's what yesterday's rest day will have afforded the Giro d'Italia participants ahead of Stage 10 hitting the first of the big mountains this morning.