Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Italy's Elia Viviani wins the second stage after a thrilling final sprint

British rider Christopher Froome rides after a crash during reconnaissance of the 1st stage of the 101th Giro d'Italia,Tour of Italy from Jerusalem to Jerusalem yesterday Elia Viviani wins Stage 2 as Rohan Dennis takes pink
| 07 May, 2018, 15:14

Guillaume Boivin, riding for the Israel Cycling Academy, used his knowledge of the hard conditions to establish an early breakaway alongside Marco Frapporti and Enrico Barbin.

Rohan Dennis retains the overall leader's pink jersey while Barbin retains the blue jersey after he was second-fastest to reach the summit of this stage's Cat 4 climb.

Modolo also came past Bennett to take second on the stage.

Meanwhile back in the peloton with 100km remaining, BMC continued to trundle on slowly reducing the gap while not make too much effort to real in the three ahead.

He and Italian Marco Frapporti lasted nearly 225km in the lead in scorching temperatures well over 30 degrees Celsius before they were swallowed up by a charging peloton. Australian rider Rohan Dennis was two seconds behind in second place. The leading trio extended their lead as numerous splits in the pack occurred.

As Bennett swerved again to the left, Modolo powered through - but no one was going to beat the man of the moment, Viviani.

"With Quick-Step, I have the best team for the sprints and whatever I can win, I bring it home, regardless of who my rivals are".


"In the first two hours of racing I felt very bad", said Vivani, who rides for Quick-Step Floors.

"We followed our plan, we only missed Sabatini because he had a flat tyre".

Sunday's route was the second longest of the 21-stage race and wrapped up the three-day start in Israel, the first time a cycling Grand Tour has been held outside Europe.

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. "I saw Bennett go early and I went on his right side and did the full sprint to the line". Yesterday was a bit disappointing but the team backed me today and the team did everything possible to put me into pink.

The riders head to the island of Sicily on Monday's rest day, with a 198km route from Catania to Caltagirone welcoming them when the race resumes on Tuesday with stage five.

The Jerusalem issue has been infused with additional strife since the announcement by US President Donald Trump recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish state and move the American embassy there from Tel Aviv on the 70th anniversary of Israel's Independence Day on May 14, 2018.

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