Ferrari sprints to 1st Giro stage win

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MONTECATINI TERME, Italy (AP) -- Roberto Ferrari sprinted to his first Grand Tour stage victory in the 11th and longest leg of the Giro d'Italia Wednesday, while Joaquin Rodriguez retained the overall lead.

There was another crash on the final corner, 400 meters from the finish line, but it did not distract Ferrari as the Androni rider win the 158-mile leg from Assisi to Montecatini Terme in 6 hours, 49 minutes, 5 seconds.

Francesco Chicchi was second, with Tomas Vaitkus in third. World champion Mark Cavendish finished fourth.

The 11th stage Thursday is a medium mountain leg, with four categorized climbs along the 96-mile route from Seravezza to Sestri Levante.

The race ends May 27 in Milan.