Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda) was left empty handed at the finish of Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, crossing the line in 18th place.
The American found himself out of contention after the peloton came through the last corner of the race.
Coming into the final 30km Cavendish was a favourite for victory if the race ended in a sprint, until another rider hit him from behind to destroy his chances of taking the biggest win of his 2011 season so far. âªhttp://www.cyclingnews.com
Giro d'Italia race director Angelo Zomegnan will leave it to the riders themselves to decide how best to honour the memory of Wouter Weylandt, who died after crashing on the descent of the Passo del Bocco on stage three. âªhttp://www.cyclingnews.comâ¬