Italian Elia Viviani secures second consecutive stage win in Giro D'Italia

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Should stand. With AP Photos. It was his second stage victory in as many days.

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) remains the race General Classification leader, wearing the Maglia Rosa, the pink jersey.

Eilat: Elia Viviani made it a double delight in on Sunday as he won his second Giro d'Italia stage in a row in a bunch sprint finish at Eilat.

Viviani edged fellow Italian Sacha Modolo of EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at the finish line and pumped his fist in triumph in a near repeat of his sprint victory in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

"The win, everyone was expecting but doing it is never easy", Viviani said.

After the race, Dennis told the BBC: "The team rode for me in the 30km before the intermediate sprint and delivered me perfectly".

The Quick Step rider added: "It was a classic sprinters day: 230km of stage, up and down all day and then really fast in the last part". Jose Goncalves (Portugal, Katusha-Alpecin) Is 0,134.

Dennis now leads by one second from Dumoulin with Belgian Victor Campenaerts third at 3sec.

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The riders will leave Israel for Italy on Monday, with the Giro to resume on the island of Sicily on Tuesday. From Cervinia, the Giro will move on May 27th to Rome for the 21 and last stage.

Jerusalem's opening leg was named in honor of Gino Bartali, a three-time former Giro champion who in 2013 was posthumously bestowed Israel's highest honor given to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during World War II.

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.

"And how they're going to get you to travel after that period in that country outside of Europe as well is big factor".

Guillaume Boivin, riding for the Israel Cycling Academy, used his knowledge of the hard conditions to establish an early breakaway alongside Marco Frapporti and Enrico Barbin.

Giro d'Italia is the biggest and most prestigious sporting event staged in Israel and coincides with the Jewish state's 70th anniversary.

The Israel Cycling Academy assembled its own team that consisting of two Israelis in its eight-members squad, competing for the first time in the European competition.

"It sewed the first seeds of thought about changing teams but that wasn't the straw that broke the camel's back, it was at the end of the season and discovering that Froome would be riding the Giro and once again I might be excluded".

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