Viviani left in the scrum as Deceuninck-QuickStep dominate Tour Down Under sprint

Sam Bennett
Cofidis’ Elia Viviani (right) can only watch on as Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) wins stage 1 of the 2020 Tour Down Under (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Elia Viviani could only watch from behind as Deceuninck-QuickStep produced a near-perfect lead-out before Sam Bennett finished off the job to win the opening stage of the Tour Down Under in Tanunda on Tuesday.

Viviani benefited from the Deceuninck-QuickStep lead out in 2018 and 2019, collecting a haul of 28 victories, including the opening stage at last year's Tour Down Under. The Italian is racing for Cofidis in 2020 after being hired by the French team to spearhead their step up into the WorldTour. 

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.