Viviani won a second victory in the sprint

Simon Yates wins the final stage of Volta a Catalunya

In a chaotic conclusion to the 167km stage in Israel, Italy's Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) darted onto the wheel of compatriot Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Triestina) before rounding the pint-sized sprinter to win by a bike length. He put a lot into our team and we wanted to give back to him and to do this for him and his family is a real pleasure for us. It was his second stage victory in as many days.

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

And his dreams came true as he won the 167-kilometre second stage from Haifa to Tel Aviv in Israel - the first time a Grand Tour has started outside of Europe.

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) is in the overall lead of the Giro D'Italia with the fastest cumulative time, wearing the coveted pink jersey.

The historic opening of the race concluded just as the previous one ended, with Dumoulin grabbing the overall lead in an individual time trial. He is now 19th, 38 seconds behind the leader.

The 2018 Giro d'Italia concludes on Sunday, May 27, in Rome after three weeks of racing.

The race will then transfer to Italy, and the island of Sicily, for an early rest day on Monday.




Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands is second in the general classification, with British Team Sky rider Chris Froome also having crossed another day off the tour as he finished safely in the peloton. While there were fewer spectators Sunday due to the sparsely populated southern Negev Desert than the two previous stages, the riders were still cheered on by locals banging drums and strumming guitars.

Jerusalem's opening leg was named in honor of Gino Bartali, a three-time former Giro champion who in 2013 was posthumously bestowed Israel's highest honor given to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during World War II.

"They took to the race really well and supported us like they were a really big cycling country, which was really nice", he said.

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.

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

Sylvan Adams in his Israel Cycling Academy jersey.

Although the 27-year-old Dumoulin is likely to hold onto the lead during the early stages in Israel, he said it would be hard to maintain his advantage for the entire race.

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