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

Viviani wins Stage 2 in Tel Aviv as Dennis takes pink

Viviani wins Stage 2 in Tel Aviv as Dennis takes pink

Should stand. With AP Photos.

After starting his 20th Grand Tour in a row at the Giro d'Italia in Jerusalem on Friday, Lotto Soudal's Adam Hansen confirmed his plan to take a break from three-week stage races this July to focus on new goals in the autumn.

Sunday saw a three-man breakaway go clear nearly right from the start with Canadian Guillaume Boivin making it into the escape group for the second day in a row.

The third stage also looked likely to culminate in a sprint, and stage two's victory Elia Viviani (Quick-Step) would fancy his chances of taking a second stage win of the race and a third career victory at the Giro d'Italia.

The driver of the "Quick-Step Floors" Elia Viviani won the third stage of the Italian stage race with the finish line in Eilat.

Viviani, who took the sprinters' cyclamen points jersey with his stage win, simply said it hadn't been his objective.

I felt like throwing up after about 500m and eventually lost a minute and 14 seconds to Dumoulin to finish 116th.

While Dennis perhaps benefited from a little good will on the part of Viviani in the intermediate sprint, the Italian gave no favours in the finale - despite being made to sweat on what was ultimately a comfortable win. I've got a lot to learn still.

Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton.

He was 19th, 38 seconds behind the leader.

This followed on from a Friday 9.7 kilometer individual time trial in Jerusalem and a Saturday 167 kilometer race that saw cyclists cover the distance from Tel Aviv to Haifa.

On Sunday evening, the riders and support teams will fly to Sicily for a rest day on Monday and resume the tour on May 8. From Cervinia, the Giro will move on May 27th to Rome for the 21 and last stage.

The Giro has been warmly embraced in Israel. 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.

Dennis said the ride through the desert was not as hot as originally feared and that strong winds were the main obstacle.

"That doesn't take anything away from the fantastic years I had with the team because if I hadn't been with Sky, I don't know if I would have won the Olympics".

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).

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

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