Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Viviani won a second victory in the sprint

Viviani won a second victory in the sprint

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.

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It was deja-vu at the Giro d'Italia after Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) took Stage 3 into the Red Sea coastal town of Eilat outsprinting Sacha Modolo (EF-Drapac) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe).

Bennett finished 25th on this morning's stage to jump up another five spots on the general classification, sitting in 32nd overall, 50 seconds behind overall leader Rohan Dennis.

Dennis' ability to stay out of danger means he will have the advantage when the race resumes after a rest day in Catania, Sicily on Tuesday.

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Britain's Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton along with his rivals for the overall race win on a day that was set up for a bunch sprint.

"I think Viviani, he sprinted but he didn't go full", admitted Dennis.

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Stages in Israel have become lucky for the Italian, he won stage Giro only once in 2015. "For me, Israel has already won this race, as it afforded hundreds of millions of TV spectators to see our handsome country, and feel the warmth of our people, bearing witness that Israel is a diverse, open, free and safe country".

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. He is now 19th, 38 seconds behind the leader.

For the first time in history, 176 of the world's top cyclists kicked off the Giro d'Italia against the backdrop of Jerusalem's Old City. The Giro ends in Rome on May 27. 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.

He praised the enthusiasm of the Israeli fans he encountered over the three days.

Having led much of Saturday's stage, Israel Cycling Academy's Guillaume Boivin once again hit the front of the race early on, narrowly missing out on the King of the Mountains blue jersey.

Dumoulin said he heard about Froome's crash before the race and was aware of the tricky route that snaked through Jerusalem.

The three Grand Tours now have a tradition of starting outside their home country every second year.

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