Viviani wins 2nd stage of Giro d'Italia in Tel Aviv

Viviani wins 2nd stage of Giro d'Italia in Tel Aviv

Elia Viviani said he wouldn't have been able to win Saturday's Giro d'Italia stage in Tel Aviv had he still been riding for British team Sky.

But the experienced Italian kept his cool and leant his shoulder into Bennett, who veered back to the left, leaving a channel for Viviani to burst through and win.

"I won and so don't want to start a polemic". It was Viviani's second consecutive stage victory after he also won the race's second stage from Haifa to Tel Aviv on Saturday. "It's nice to have it today but it's hard to keep it for the whole three weeks", the Dutchman said.

In the final 15km, the leading trio managed to hold a time gap of 48 seconds with the pace hitting 70km/h in the final 8km, maybe in a bid to get this boring day done and dusted. "We did around 2,000 metres of up and down and at some point the group was really stressful about the wind".

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A closely contested sprint saw Vivani come through to take victory in a time of 5 hours, 2min and 9sec, edging out fellow Italian Sacha Modolo.

He claimed three bonus seconds in an intermediate sprint after superb work by his team-mates to overcome his two-second deficit from Friday's opening time trial in Jerusalem, where he was second to Dumoulin.

Belgium's Victor Campenaerts (LottoNL-Jumbo), who was tied with Dennis on Friday's time trial, was one of many riders to be caught out in the finale and dropped out of the top 10 after conceding 31 seconds.

But he admitted he was anxious during the break-neck run in to the finish where the peloton was strung out around several roundabouts. In the end, it's been a maximum effort to stay out of trouble and away from the splits.

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After three days racing in Sicily, the Giro will move onto the Italian mainland, although not before the overall contenders have had a chance to test themselves on a summit finish at Mount Etna, the highest active volcano in western Europe.

Racing at the Grand Tour will resume with a 198km stage from Catania to Caltagirone on Tuesday (May 8).

"I've been a bit surprised because I had this idea but it's changed: I thought that outside the cities it would be desert but instead it's green, there are big roads and it's great for cycling", he said.

Having been denied by Barbin on Saturday's climb, Boivin bickered with his rival as the short kilometre-long climb approached, spurring Frapporti into an opportunistic attack.

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