Giro d'Italia: Viviani takes second consecutive sprint victory

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) took his second consecutive sprint win at the Giro d'Italia during stage 3 in Eilat, using his bike skills to push back as Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) tried to close the door along the barriers.

Viviani used his arm to bump the Irishman in defence of his space and then kicked past him to win the sprint. Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac) came through to take second, while Bennett took third and avoided any relegation for dangerous riding.

Rohan Dennis (BMC) kept the race leader's pink jersey after finishing in the peloton and surviving the nervous finale in the Negev desert. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Fix All) lost time in the finale and so Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) is second at one second. José Gonçalves (Katusha-Alpecin) moved up to third at 13 seconds.

Dennis will take the maglia rosa with him to Sicily on the rest-day Monday after the three opening stages in Israel. The racing continues on Tuesday with a 198km stage to Caltagirone.

A fear of crosswinds

The 229km stage started under the sun in Be'Er Sheva but with riders worried about possible crosswinds and so echelons, splits in the peloton and a battle amongst the overall contenders later in the day near the finish in Eilat.

Perhaps due to their fears, Guillaume Boivin (Israel Cycling Academy), Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF) were allowed to go clear as soon as the flag dropped to signal the start of the stage.

They quickly pushed out their lead to 7:20 before the BMC team took to the front in defence of Rohan Dennis' pink jersey and overall race lead.

As the race entered the Negev desert, the race settled, with the trio riding together but then fighting for the intermediate sprints and on the only climb of the day. There were some crowds along the roadside at different kibbutz and villages, but the desert camels out numbered them on the barren moon-look landscape. Riders drank bidon after bidon to stay hydrated, but temperatures were bearable.

Boivin was on the attack for the second day and was still aggressive. He jumped away to win the first intermediate sprint after 45km and again after 77km to take the second intermediate sprint. Behind, Viviani won the main field sprint for fourth place to take six points in defence of the ciclamino points jersey.

Barbin to wear blue mountain jersey on home soil

Boivin, Barbin and Frapporti approached the day's only categorised climb, a category 4, at Faran River.

Barbin and Frapporti seemed to work over Boivin, knowing that Boivin had to win the sprint to take the blue climber's jersey from Barbin. Frapporti attacking alone 1.5km from the summit, forcing Boivin to chase. Barbin sat on his wheel and then jumped past to take the three points.

Barbin thus kept his lead of the mountain competition with a total of five points, while Frapporti and Boivin both have three points. The Italian will wear the blue jersey on home soil, after the rest day, at the start of stage 4 in Catania on Tuesday.

A game of cat and mouse

The peloton played cat and mouse with the break all stage, letting them push out to five minutes before pulling them back under control.

The peloton was always worried about possible crosswinds, and the big-name team leaders were still carefully protected. However, the wind never blew strong enough to cause any real splits. The desert dust caused some punctures, but the wide roads meant there were no crashes.

The race covered vast exposed roads and twisting climbs and descents across the Negev desert but the race situation stayed the same with the trio spending over 200km out front.

The speed rose gradually in the final 50km as the prospect of a sprint was confirmed and so did the sense of nervousness in the peloton. The riders stayed packed together, protecting their team leaders from the slight crosswinds.

 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors5:02:09
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 1 - Cell 2
3Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 2 - Cell 2
4Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 3 - Cell 2
5Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 4 - Cell 2
6Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 5 - Cell 2
7Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 6 - Cell 2
8Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 7 - Cell 2
9Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 8 - Cell 2
10José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 9 - Cell 2
11Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 10 - Cell 2
12Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 11 - Cell 2
13Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 12 - Cell 2
14Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 13 - Cell 2
15Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-ScottRow 14 - Cell 2
16Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 15 - Cell 2
17Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 16 - Cell 2
18Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 17 - Cell 2
19Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 19 - Cell 2
21Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 20 - Cell 2
22Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 22 - Cell 2
24Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-JumboRow 24 - Cell 2
26Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 25 - Cell 2
27Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 26 - Cell 2
28Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-ScottRow 27 - Cell 2
29Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Chris Froome (GBr) Team SkyRow 29 - Cell 2
31Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 30 - Cell 2
32Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 32 - Cell 2
34Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension DataRow 33 - Cell 2
35Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 34 - Cell 2
36Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 36 - Cell 2
38Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 37 - Cell 2
39Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 38 - Cell 2
40Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 39 - Cell 2
41Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 40 - Cell 2
42Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Fix AllRow 41 - Cell 2
43Sergio Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 42 - Cell 2
44Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 43 - Cell 2
45Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 44 - Cell 2
46Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step FloorsRow 46 - Cell 2
48William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 47 - Cell 2
49Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 48 - Cell 2
50Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 49 - Cell 2
51Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 50 - Cell 2
52Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 51 - Cell 2
53Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 53 - Cell 2
55Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJRow 54 - Cell 2
56Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Fix AllRow 56 - Cell 2
58Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 57 - Cell 2
59Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar TeamRow 58 - Cell 2
60Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 59 - Cell 2
61Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-AlpecinRow 60 - Cell 2
62Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 62 - Cell 2
64Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 63 - Cell 2
65Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 64 - Cell 2
66Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-ScottRow 66 - Cell 2
68Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 69 - Cell 2
71Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 70 - Cell 2
72Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 71 - Cell 2
73Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar TeamRow 72 - Cell 2
74Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Marco Coledan (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 75 - Cell 2
77David De La Cruz (Spa) Team SkyRow 76 - Cell 2
78Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-SegafredoRow 77 - Cell 2
79Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 78 - Cell 2
80Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 79 - Cell 2
81Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 80 - Cell 2
82Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 82 - Cell 2
84Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 83 - Cell 2
85Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 85 - Cell 2
87Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-JumboRow 86 - Cell 2
88François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 87 - Cell 2
89Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 88 - Cell 2
90Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 89 - Cell 2
91Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 90 - Cell 2
92Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 91 - Cell 2
93Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 92 - Cell 2
94Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:00:27
95Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 94 - Cell 2
96Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:31
97Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 96 - Cell 2
98Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 97 - Cell 2
99Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 98 - Cell 2
100Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 99 - Cell 2
101Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 100 - Cell 2
102Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 101 - Cell 2
103Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension DataRow 103 - Cell 2
105Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 104 - Cell 2
106Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step FloorsRow 105 - Cell 2
107Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 106 - Cell 2
108Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 107 - Cell 2
109Benjamin King (USA) Dimension DataRow 108 - Cell 2
110Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 109 - Cell 2
111Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 111 - Cell 2
113Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 112 - Cell 2
114Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 113 - Cell 2
115Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 114 - Cell 2
116Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 115 - Cell 2
117Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 116 - Cell 2
118Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 117 - Cell 2
119Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 118 - Cell 2
120Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 119 - Cell 2
121Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 120 - Cell 2
122Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:42
123Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:48
124Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:05
125Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:01:07
126Andrea Guardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:14
127Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 126 - Cell 2
128Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 127 - Cell 2
129Roy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 128 - Cell 2
130Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 129 - Cell 2
131Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 130 - Cell 2
132Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 131 - Cell 2
133Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 132 - Cell 2
134Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
135Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:32
136Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 135 - Cell 2
137Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 136 - Cell 2
138Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 137 - Cell 2
139Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 138 - Cell 2
140Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 139 - Cell 2
141Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 140 - Cell 2
142Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 141 - Cell 2
143Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 142 - Cell 2
144Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 143 - Cell 2
145Jérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:10
146Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 145 - Cell 2
147Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-ScottRow 146 - Cell 2
148Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 147 - Cell 2
149Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 148 - Cell 2
150Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:02:22
151Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 150 - Cell 2
152Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team SunwebRow 151 - Cell 2
153Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 152 - Cell 2
154Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 153 - Cell 2
155Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 154 - Cell 2
156Svein Tuft (Can) Mitchelton-Scott0:03:05
157Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 156 - Cell 2
158Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:03:07
159Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 158 - Cell 2
160Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 159 - Cell 2
161Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 160 - Cell 2
162Koen Bouwmam (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 161 - Cell 2
163Loïc Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:03:11
164Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team SunwebRow 163 - Cell 2
165Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 164 - Cell 2
166Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 165 - Cell 2
167Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:03:14
168Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:04:11
169Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 168 - Cell 2
170Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:05:15
171Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 170 - Cell 2
172Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 171 - Cell 2
173Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 172 - Cell 2
174Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar TeamRow 173 - Cell 2
175Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 174 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors62pts
2Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale41Row 1 - Cell 3
3Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy40Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe25Row 3 - Cell 3
5Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec24Row 4 - Cell 3
6Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia18Row 5 - Cell 3
7Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF16Row 6 - Cell 3
8Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo14Row 7 - Cell 3
9Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Fix All12Row 8 - Cell 3
10Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec10Row 9 - Cell 3
11Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin8Row 10 - Cell 3
12Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo7Row 11 - Cell 3
13José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin6Row 12 - Cell 3
14Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data6Row 13 - Cell 3
15Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step Floors6Row 14 - Cell 3
16Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy5Row 15 - Cell 3
17Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF4Row 16 - Cell 3
18Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida3Row 17 - Cell 3
19Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale2Row 18 - Cell 3
20Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott1Row 19 - Cell 3
21Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors1Row 20 - Cell 3
22Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step Floors1Row 21 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - SDE Boker, 45km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy10pts
2Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1Row 4 - Cell 3
6Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step FloorsRow 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3
7Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 6 - Cell 2 Row 6 - Cell 3
8Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step FloorsRow 7 - Cell 2 Row 7 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - Mitzpe Ramon, 77km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy10pts
2Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data1Row 4 - Cell 3
6Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step FloorsRow 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3
7Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 6 - Cell 2 Row 6 - Cell 3
8Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 7 - Cell 2 Row 7 - Cell 3
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Mountain - Faran River, 127km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec3pts
2Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Combativity
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors10pts
2Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec9Row 2 - Cell 3