Viviani looks to raise standard in Giro d'Italia homecoming in Verona

Elia Viviani (Cofidis)
Elia Viviani (Cofidis) (Image credit: Getty Images)

In the middle of his journey from Siena to Bagno di Romagna on stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia, Elia Viviani found himself waiting for confirmation of news that had been in the air for the past couple of days.

The message was eventually relayed from the Italian Olympic Committee during the stage. The Omnium champion from Rio in 2016 will carry the flag for Italy at the opening ceremony of this year’s Tokyo Olympics, together with shooter Jessica Rossi.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.