Mario Cipollini writes a column daily in La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper during the Giro d’Italia. Lately, he has been critical of Mark Cavendish and team Sky.

He wrote on Saturday, the day after Cavendish’s win in Cervere, “I’ve got great admiration for Cavendish, who showed once again to be the best, not withstanding Sky’s errors”.

Over the last few days, he criticised Cavendish for losing position in the final kilometres of a sprint. Cavendish said his form was good, he passed the mountains well last weekend, but Cipollini responded in a press conference, “The real mountains are yet to come”.

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