Cavendish victory will not count

CYCLING: Britain&rsquo;s Mark Cavendish claimed victory in yesterday&rsquo;s ninth stage of the Giro d&rsquo;Italia &ndash; but his time will not count towards the overall classification due to a rider&rsquo;s protest.<br /><br />Riders were unhappy with the city centre course in Milan after Spain&rsquo;s Pedro Horrillo Munoz was seriously hurt in a crash on Saturday.<br /><br />Race leader Danilo di Luca said: &ldquo;We did not believe the route was very safe for our health. Because of this we asked and obtained an annulment of the ninth stage times.&rdquo;