Viviani races to second consecutive stage win at Giro

Todd Singleton
May 8, 2018

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Viviani, who also won the stage from Haifa to Tel Aviv on Saturday, finished the race in 5 hours, 2 minutes, and 9 seconds.

New Zealand's general classification hope, George Bennett, did a reasonable job, losing 49 seconds in the time trial, and finishing in the lead bunch in both sprints.

Viviani edged fellow Italian Sacha Modolo of EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at the finish line and pumped his fist in triumph in a near repeat of his sprint victory in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

Jerusalem's opening leg was named in honor of Gino Bartali, a three-time former Giro champion who in 2013 was posthumously named a Righteous Among the Nations, Israel's highest honor given to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

The fourth stage will be held in Sicily (Catania - Calagione, 198 km).

"But I felt better later on".

BMC Racing's Rohan Dennis retains the overall lead at the end of the 229-kilometre stage through the Negev Desert from Be'er Sheva today.

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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 riders will leave Israel for Italy on Monday, with the Giro to resume on the island of Sicily on Tuesday.

The Team Sky rider ended up giving away 37 seconds - a sizeable chunk of time - to Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin after losing his front wheel at around 20mph while on a reconnaissance ride a few hours before the main event.

Dennis now leads by one second from Dumoulin with Belgian Victor Campenaerts third at 3sec.

The Giro has been warmly embraced in Israel. They encountered Israeli flag-waving fans and spectators on horseback wearing Giro pink shirts along the way, and even passed a group of goat herders.

"They took to the race really well and supported us like they were a really big cycling country, which was really nice", he said.

Unsurprisingly, the home team Israel Cycling Academy were involved, with Canada's Guillaume Boivin in the move. "But the time trial in Jerusalem was simply magical, as the helicopter footage of this historic and splendid city, lined with cheering fans, took it up to another level", said honorary president of "Big Start" Israel Sylvan Adams. "This was a Giro d'Israel - a three-day tour around our special country".

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