Viviani wins third stage, Dennis keeps lead

The victory was his first ever second stage win at the Giro d'Italia.

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

Dennis becomes only the fourth active rider to wear the leader's jersey of each of cycling's Grand Tours - after Britain's Mark Cavendish and Italian's Fabio Aru and Vincenzo Nibali.

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.

Italy's Elia Viviani, 29, won the second stage of the race in less than four hours bursting through from well behind 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. "I've got the best lead-out team for the sprints, so I don't really care who I am up against".

"The team rode for me in the 30km before the intermediate sprint and delivered me perfectly", said Dennis, who beat Viviani in that race within the race.

Boivin, who was involved in two breakaways in Saturday's second stage, took maximum points at both intermediate sprints as the race traversed the famous Ramon Crater in the Negev Desert.

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He remains one second clear of Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin and 13 clear of José Gonçalves (Katusha-Alpecin) on the general classification. Jose Goncalves (Portugal, Katusha-Alpecin) Is 0,134.

He was 19th, 38 seconds behind the leader. From Cervinia, the Giro will move on May 27th to Rome for the 21 and last stage.

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.

They encountered Israeli flag-waving fans and spectators on horseback wearing the maglia rosa along the way, and even passed a group of goat herders.

He'd also won a stage in the Tour Down Under in January and triumphed at Three Days of De Panne in March.

"Fans have supported us as if they were a real big cycling country".

Another Italian, Enrico Barbin of Bardiani-CSF, secured the first blue king of the mountains jersey of the 101st edition of the race after picking his way through the crowds to crest the summit of the only categorised climb of the day in pole position.

Riders will now transfer to Italy tomorrow, following the controversial Big Start in Israel. "This was a Giro d'Israel - a three-day tour around our special country".

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