Viviani takes confidence-boosting third place in Giro d'Italia's opening sprint

Elia Viviani (Cofidis - R) powers to third on stage 2 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia
Elia Viviani (Cofidis - R) powers to third on stage 2 of the 2021 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia saw Cofidis sprinter Elia Viviani claim his first Grand Tour sprint podium finish in Novara with third behind Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka-ASSOS). There is a cliche out there that for sprinters only finishing first matter, but this result surely represents a major much-needed boost to Viviani's morale.

The 32-year-old former European and National Road Champion has victories in all three Grand Tours in his palmares as well as a gold medal on the track in the 2016 Olympic Games and a host of one-day WorldTour wins.

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