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Ventoso wins Giro sprint after other racers fall

 Canada's Ryder Hesjedal celebrates retaining  the pink jersey of the overall leader after the eight stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling...
 Ivan Basso pedals during the eight stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Sulmona to Lago Laceno, Sunday, May 13, 2012. (AP Pho...

Italy Giro Cycling

Canada's Ryder Hesjedal celebrates retaining the pink jersey of the overall leader after the eight stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling...

Italy Giro Cycling

Ivan Basso pedals during the eight stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Sulmona to Lago Laceno, Sunday, May 13, 2012. (AP Pho...

Spanish rider Francisco Ventoso won the ninth stage of the Giro d'Italia in a sprint finish Monday after several other contenders fell at the last turn.
Ryder Hesjedal, a Canadian with Garmin-Barracuda, held on to the overall lead for a third day.
Former Milan-San Remo winner Matthew Goss had his GreenEdge team setting him up for the sprint when he miscalculated the final curve and flew off his bike. He eventually got up and limped away.
World champion Mark Cavendish also went down but did not appear to be injured.
Ventoso, who rides for the Movistar team, finished in 3 hours, 39 minutes, 15 seconds over the 108-mile leg from San Giorgio Del Sannio to Frosinone, south of Rome.