Viviani takes his second consecutive stage with sprint into Eilat

Viviani takes his second consecutive stage with sprint into Eilat

BC-CYC-Giro d'Italia, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 586Viviani wins 3rd stage as Giro bids farewell to IsraelAP Photo ASC101, ASC103, ASC108, ASC107, ASC110Eds: Adds quotes, background, minor edits.

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.

Quick-Step Floor's Elia Viviani took his second straight race win in stage three of the Giro d'Italia, which finished in Eilat, Israel, today.

Rohan of BMC Racing keeps the pink jersey after finishing in the peloton. Sam Bennett (BORA-Hansgrohe) came in third. I was nervous in the last five kilometres that I wouldn't hold the jersey; I needed to make a maximum effort to move through the roundabouts and get to the headwind section.

"I thought we reached the pinnacle Thursday with the team presentations and gala opening party". It was massive teamwork.

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.

"This is all I wished for, the win and a lot of time on other GC riders, so it was a flawless start for me and a ideal start for the team".

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"It was insane", sad Viviani, "there were so many people coming onto roads - I'll take that away with me!"

The peloton seemed relaxed as it departed Be'er Sheva with a trio managing to escape pretty easily consisting of Guillaume Boivin (Israel Cycling Academy), Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF) and Marco Frapporti (Androni-Sidermec).

In the last meters of the sprint interchanges Viviani nearly collided with Sam Bennett, who at the last moment went to the side and eliminated the possibility of mass obstruction.

With more than 40km left, Boivin attacked again and put one minute and a half between him and the pack, prompting a reaction from Grand Tour debutant Rémi Cavagna, who took over the front of the bunch and began chewing into his advantage. That didn't happen, but their actions made for a hectic and chaotic finish, leaving every rider on their own.

After a rest day the Giro participants on Tuesday, will overcome the first stage in Italy.

Stage 3, a long, hot and bumpy ride through the Negev Desert to the Red Sea resort of Eilat will be a truer test of how well the British four-time Tour de France champion has bounced back from his tumble.

The 2018 Giro d'Italia concludes on Sunday, May 27, in Rome after three weeks of racing.

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