TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) Elia Viviani has won the second stage of the Giro d’Italia.
The Italian finished the 167-kilometer (104-mile) leg down the Mediterranean coast from Haifa to Tel Aviv in under four hours on Saturday to edge out a bunch sprint finish.
Thanks to a time bonus, Australian rider Rohan Dennis took a one-second lead over defending champion Tom Dumoulin to capture the pink jersey. Dumoulin won the opening day time trial in Jerusalem on Friday.
Thousands of Israelis lined the coastal coast to see the first Grand Tour to be held outside Europe.
Stage 3 will follow a lengthy 229-kilometer (143-mile) route on Sunday from Beersheba in the Negev desert down to Israel’s southern tip of Eilat along the Red Sea.
The Giro ends in Rome on May 27.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Derek Bouchard-Hall is resigning as chief executive of USA Cycling at the end of the year and less three years after getting the job.
The chairman of USA Cycling’s board of directors, Bob Stapleton, will help run the organization while a replacement is found. Stapleton said Friday the search has already begun.
Bouchard-Hall plans to take over an undisclosed company with close ties to USA Cycling.
Bouchard-Hall came from the retail sector of the cycling industry, and was tasked with rebuilding an organization that had fallen into disarray. There was a major schism between USA Cycling’s goals of fostering the sport at the amateur level while also pushing its high-performance program.
Bouchard-Hall wound up overhauling USA Cycling’s entire structure, hiring a wave of new coaches and administrators to push forward its world championship and Olympic teams.
MADRID — American cycling team Trek-Segafredo says one of its members has been taken to a hospital after going missing for several hours in northeastern Spain.
The team says director Steven De Jongh was “conscious” after being found by authorities on Monday. It did not immediately give any other details.
De Jongh’s wife called for help on Twitter, saying her husband went missing after going on a morning ride near the city of Girona. She later said a helicopter found him, breathing, and with a pulse.
The team says police were involved in the search.