Italian Elia Viviani secures second consecutive stage win in Giro D'Italia

Nicolas Roche

Nicolas Roche

Italian cyclist Elia Viviani waves at the crowd after winning the second stage of 2018 Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race in Jerusalem, Saturday, May 5, 2018. Should stand. With AP Photos.

Sprints are short, challenging parts of the race that give riders who win them strategic advantages such as time bonuses or the coveted colored jerseys denoting their prowess in climbing, or other aspects. It was his second stage victory in as many days.

Dennis was no match, however, for Elia Viviani, of Quick-Step Floors, who sealed his second consecutive stage win in the bunch sprint finish. 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.

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.

"All GC riders and sprinters teams rode at the front".

Ryan Mullen and Nicolas Roche both finished in the peloton in the same time as the stage victor. He is now 19th, 38 seconds behind the leader.

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Race favourite Chris Froome and last year's victor Tom Dumoulin both enjoyed an uneventful day riding safely in the peloton to finish in the same time as the victor.

After Monday's rest day as the race packs up and travels from Israel back to Europe, the 101st edition of the Giro continues on Tuesday with the hilly 198km stage from Catania to Caltagirone in Sicily. From Cervinia, the Giro will move on May 27th to Rome for the 21 and last stage. While there were fewer spectators Sunday due to the sparsely populated southern Negev Desert than the two previous stages, the riders were still cheered on by locals banging drums and strumming guitars. "Israelis are the greatest fans in the world", he added. "I saw Bennett go early and I went on his right side and did the full sprint to the line".

The Giro start was seen as the biggest sporting event staged in Israel, and coincides with the country marking 70 years of independence.

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.

After the race's conclusion in Eilat, nearly 1,000 people and three cargo planes full of bikes and gear will fly out of tiny Uvda airport in the space of an hour to reach the next stage of the race in Italy. "This was a Giro d'Israel - a three-day tour around our special country".

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