Tour of Italy: Mark Cavendish wins stage 3

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Team Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl's British rider Mark Cavendish celebrates after he crossed the finish line to win the third stage of the Giro d'Italia 2022 cycling race, 201 kilometers between Kaposvar and Balatonfured, Hungary, on May 8, 2022. (Photo by Luca Bettini / AFP) (Photo by LUCA BETTINI / AFP via Getty Images)

Mark Cavendish (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) wins stage 3 (Image credit: LUCA BETTINI / AFP via Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Mattia Bais of Italy and Team Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli Sidermec Samuele Rivi of Italy and EoloKometa Cycling Team and Filippo Tagliani of Italy and Team Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli Sidermec compete in the breakaway during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Breakaway riders are Mattia Bais of Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli Sidermec, Samuele Rivi of Eolo-Kometa and Filippo Tagliani of Drone Hopper Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Samuele Rivi of Italy and EoloKometa Cycling Team competes in the breakaway during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Samuele Rivi of Eolo-Kometa at front of breakaway (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team Alpecin Fenix ​​pink leader jersey competes during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Mathieu van der Poel of Alpecin-Fenix ​​rides stage 3 in pink leader’s jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team Alpecin Fenix ​​pink leader jersey competes during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Alpecin-Fenix ​​pace race leader Mathieu van der Poel in pink jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Senne Leysen of Belgium and Team Alpecin Fenix ​​competes during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Senne Leysen sets pace for Alpecin-Fenix ​​during 201km Stage 3 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands pink leader jersey and Team Alpecin Fenix ​​compete during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Stage 3 is the final day of racing in Hungary (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Ignatas Konovalovas of Lithuania and Team Groupama FDJ competes during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Ignatas Konovalovas of Lithuania (Groupama-FDJ) competes during stage 3 from Kaposvár to Balatonfüred (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Hailu Biniam Girmay of Eritrea and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux purple points jersey prior to the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Biniam Girmay of Intermarché -Wanty-Gobert Materials in the purple dots jersey (Image credit: Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 A general view of the peloton passing through flowery landscape during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

View of the peloton passing through flowery landscape on final day in Hungary (Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Fans dressed in pink wait for the peloton to pass during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Fans along the 201km course cheer the peloton (Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Hugh Carthy of United Kingdom and Team EF Education Easypost competes during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Hugh Carthy of EF Education-EasyPost during the 201km stage 3 (Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Simon Yates of United Kingdom and Team BikeExchange Jayco competes during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Stage 2 winner Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange-Jayco) rides on flat roads of stage 3 (Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 LR Hailu Biniam Girmay of Eritrea and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux purple points jersey Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team Alpecin Fenix ​​pink leader jersey Rick Zabel of Germany and Team Israel Premier Tech blue mountain jersey and Matteo Sobrero of Italy and Team BikeExchange Jayco white best young jersey prior to the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Stuart FranklinGetty Images

Start of stage 3 with classification jersey leaders during callups in Kaposvár (Image credit: Stuart Franklin / Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Richie Porte of Australia and Team INEOS Grenadiers compete during the 105th Giro d'Italia 2022 Stage 3 to 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Richie Porte rides among Ineos Grenadiers teammates on stage 3 (Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Pieter Serry of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl leads the peloton during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Thomas De Gendt of Lotto Soudal rides behind Pieter Serry of QuickStep – AlphaVinyl at front of peloton (Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 A general view of Pieter Serry of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Senne Leysen of Belgium and Team Alpecin Fenix ​​and Thomas De Gendt of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal lead the peloton passing through Eszterglyhorvti village lduring the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

With 28km to go the catch was made for three breakaway riders and peloton focused on finish in Balatonfüred (Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 A general view of the peloton passing through Eszterglyhorvti village landscape during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

View of stage 3 countryside and small village (Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 LR Diego Ulissi of Italy and UAE Team Emirates Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark and Team EF Education Easypost and Nicolas Jonathan Castroviejo of Spain and Team INEOS Grenadiers compete during the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim by WaeleGetty Images

Teams with GC contenders ride at the front of the peloton en route to Balatonfüred (Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty Images)
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BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Attila Valter of Hungary and Team Groupama FDJ while holding the flag of their country prior to the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images

Hungarian Attila Valter of Groupama-FDJ holds the flag of this home country prior to the start in Kaposvár (Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty Images)

Nine years since his last appearance at the Giro d’Italia, Mark Cavendish (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) notched up his 16th stage victory at the Italian Grand Tour with a commanding sprint on stage 3.

The Manxman, who was wearing a QuickStep jersey when he last rode the Giro in 2013, was given a perfect lead-out by Michael Mørkøv before finishing the job with a long-range sprint.

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