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

Marcus Newton
May 8, 2018

"The win, everyone was expecting but doing it is never easy", Viviani, who won his second stage at the Giro, told Eurosport.

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage victor Viviani said: “In the first two hours of racing I felt very bad.

"And as I understood that you really have to make the most of your time off, it was really important for me having Elena, who's a cyclist and understands these situations".

On Saturday, Olympic omnium champion Viviani, 29, seemed to have left his charge to the line quite late but burst through to emerge from the back wheel of Irishman Sam Bennett and surge to victory.

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.

The fourth stage will be held in Sicily (Catania - Calagione, 198 km).

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

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) claimed the second Maglia Rosa of the Giro d'Italia by securing the maximum three bonus seconds in stage 2's second intermediate sprint, overtaking Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). "Of course, if I d come second I would have appealed because he changed direction and I had to slow down", said Viviani.

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For youngster Mareczko, it was yet another second place: the 24-year-old with the distinctive forward-tucked sprinting style finished runner-up twice in last year's Giro.

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. I've got a lot to learn still.

He was 19th, 38 seconds behind the leader.

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. The Giro ends in Rome on May 27.

"This was a Giro d'Israel, a threeday tour around our special country". 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 praised the enthusiasm of Israeli fans he encountered over the three days.

"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".

Israel Cycling Academy's Guillaume Boivin was cheered on by the home crowd as the Canadian, along with Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF), led the race from the start.

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