Viviani repeats sprint success on third stage of Giro d'Italia

  • Viviani repeats sprint success on third stage of Giro d'Italia

Viviani repeats sprint success on third stage of Giro d'Italia

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.

And his dreams came true as he won the 167-kilometre second stage from Haifa to Tel Aviv in Israel - the first time a Grand Tour has started outside of Europe. They were a little bit bumpy.

Dennis has now worn the leader's jersey at all three Grand Tours, following opening stage success at the Tour de France in 2015 and last year's Vuelta a Espana.

Viviani overcame route "beer Sheva - Eilat" in 5 hours 2 minutes 9 seconds. The riders were aided by a strong wind and eventually the race was won by Elia Viviani for the second day in a row.

Sylvan Adams, one of the event's organizers in Israel said the competition went "flawlessly", according to the Jerusalem Post, adding that she was "filled with pride" watching her fellow citizens line the streets to support the race, in particular she was warmed by the support for the Israeli team.

The cyclists passed Israel's parliament, the Supreme Court, the Israel Museum and the Hebrew University on their route through the city.

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) is in the overall lead of the Giro D'Italia with the fastest cumulative time, wearing the coveted pink jersey.

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

"This is all I wished, the win and quite a lot of time on the other GC riders", Dumoulin said.

"I have competed in the Classics so I was ready for 230km today". "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, bearing witness that Israel is a diverse, open, free and safe country. And the day that we lose it, it will be all about getting to Rome". The Giro is still very long. "We are not planning on defending it whatever the cost".

Cyclist ride during the last stage at the Giro d'Italia, near the Makhtesh Ramon Crater in Southern Israel on May 6, 2018. Israel's Kristian Sbaragli grabbed 12th place, with Guy Sagiv finishing 35th and Guy Niv finishing 122nd, prior to Sunday's stage through Israel's expansive Negev desert.

Tomorrow sees the first rest day of the race to allow the peloton and its accompanying circus to head back to Italy, where racing resumes on Sicily on Tuesday with a 198-kilometre stage from Catania to Caltagirone.