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

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

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

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

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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 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).

Australian Rohan Dennis kept the pink jersey that he wrestled away from defending champion Tom Dumoulin on Saturday. The general classification was unlikely to change on the predominantly flat route however, with the GC contenders eyeing the upcoming stage on return to Italy.

Tomorrow sees the first rest day of the race to allow the peloton and its accompanying circus to head back to Italy, where racing resumes on Sicily on Tuesday with a 198-kilometre stage from Catania to Caltagirone.

Join PRO to watch the 2018 Giro d'Italia live and on replay. "The win, everyone was expecting (it) but doing it is never easy", Viviani said, "I was really nervous this morning, I tried to overcome a bit this emotion but it's not easy".

"For me, Israel has already won this race, as it afforded hundreds of millions of TV spectators to see our lovely country and feel the warmth of our people", he told The Associated Press. "But the final straight was good for me".

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The Giro made history this year as it became the first Grand Tour to start outside of Europe with Friday's individual time-trial in Jerusalem.

We will keep it as long as possible but I think for me it is more about learning still.

Chris FROOME said he was confident that he had suffered only "superficial" injuries after struggling to 21st place in yesterday's opening-day time trial at the Giro d'Italia following a dramatic crash in practice.

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

The Giro has been warmly embraced in Israel. The Giro will end in Rome on May 27.

Dennis said the ride through the desert was not as hot as originally feared and that strong winds were the main obstacle as they went through the barren moonscape after passing by its famous craters.

Deemed as the world's second most prestigious cycling competition after the Tour de France, it was arguably the biggest sporting event ever to be held in Israel.

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