Elia Viviani completes Israeli stage double

Viviani wins Stage 2 in Tel Aviv as Dennis takes pink

Viviani wins Stage 2 in Tel Aviv as Dennis takes pink

"And as I understood that you really have to make the most of your time off, it was really important for me having Elena, who's a cyclist and understands these situations".

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Quick Step Floors sprinter Elia Viviani has won his second successive stage of the Giro d'Italia in Eilat this afternoon as the three-day Grand Start in Israel concluded.

He finished ahead of Cannondale-Drapac's Sacha Modolo and Irishman Sam Bennett had to settle for third. The general classification was unlikely to change on the predominantly flat route however, with the GC contenders eyeing the upcoming stage on return to Italy.

Monday is a rest day and on Tuesday the Giro moves to Italy and Sicily for a hillly stage.

Elia Viviani won the third stage of the 101st Giro d'Italia in a bunch sprint finish.

Four-time Tour de France victor Chris Froome, who bloodied his right knee and ripped his shorts and jersey in a training crash before Friday's opening leg, finished safely in the middle of the pack.

The team delivered me exactly where I needed to be for the sprint and all I had to do was go as hard as I could and there was no way I couldn't win it.

"The pressure was off after yesterday's win, but the final straight was good for me", Viviani said.

"I'm glad I took the decision to take the Giro d'Italia to Israel" race director Mauro Vegni told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). Carlton Kirby was trying his best to brew excitement but I couldn't help but feel I was being punished by being made to watch the peloton roll through the empty desert. He is now 19th, 38 seconds behind the leader. The Giro ends in Rome on May 27.

"I think the third week and even the second week is still a big unknown for me". "Israelis are the greatest fans in the world".

Guillaume Boivin, riding for the Israel Cycling Academy, used his knowledge of the hard conditions to establish an early breakaway alongside Marco Frapporti and Enrico Barbin.

In 2014, the Giro started in Belfast, but this year's opening weekend in Israel is the first time it's been outside of Europe.

The Israel Cycling Academy assembled its own team that consisting of two Israelis in its eight-members squad, competing for the first time in the European competition.

The three Grand Tours now have a tradition of starting outside their home country every second year.

"For me, Israel has already won this race, as it afforded hundreds of millions of TV spectators to see our lovely country and feel the warmth of our people", he told The Associated Press.

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