'Rohan was within two seconds of taking the jersey'

'Rohan was within two seconds of taking the jersey'

'Rohan was within two seconds of taking the jersey'

Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands won the first stage of the 101st Giro with a 9.8 km individual time trial of 12:02 minutes.

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Italy's Elia Viviani produced a late stunning sprint to win a thrilling Giro d'Italia second stage in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

Bennett finished third on the stage, with Team EF Education First-Drapac rider Sacha Modolo second. The general classification was unlikely to change on the predominantly flat route however, with the GC contenders eyeing the upcoming stage on return to Italy.

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

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Many in the country associated with organizing the Big Start Israel gave a sigh of relief as the riders crossed the finish line on Sunday, capping off the most complicated, expensive, and logistically challenging sporting event Israel has ever hosted, according to Sports and Culture Minister Miri Regev.

"The pressure was off after yesterday's win".

Dumoulin said he heard about Froome's crash before the race and was aware of the tricky route that snaked through Jerusalem.

The 120 million shekel (34 million dollars, 27 million euros) investment in the Israeli leg attracted thousands of tourists as spectators watched to see whether four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, victor of three Grand Tour titles in a row.

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Having previously held the race leader s jersey at both the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana, this was the first time Dennis had managed to hold onto one for more than a day.

"But I felt better later and I knew that I was the favourite at the finish".

The pace in the bunch was steady allowing the three ahead to gain a maximum of 6.50 which was then routinely reeled back in by the team of pink jersey wearer Rohan Dennis, BMC Racing.

The Dutch Team Sunweb rider remained in second place overall as Jose Goncalves of Team Katusha-Alpecin moved into third.

"This was a Giro d'Israel, a threeday tour around our special country". It was the closing chapter of a historic three days, during which cycling captured the Israeli public's imagination.

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Dennis said the ride through the desert was not as hot as originally feared and that strong winds were the main obstacle as they went through the barren moonscape after passing by its famous craters. The Giro will end in Rome on May 27.

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