Viviani wins 3rd Giro stage in Israel

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EILAT, Israel – Elia Viviani has won the third stage of the 101st Giro d’Italia in a bunch sprint finish.

The Italian finished the lengthy 229-kilometer (143-mile) route Sunday – through Israel’s Negev desert to its southern tip of Eilat along the Red Sea – in just over five hours for his second stage victory in as many days.

Australian Rohan Dennis kept the pink jersey that he wrestled away from defending champion Tom Dumoulin on Saturday.

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome finished safely in the middle of the pack.

The route was the second longest of the 21-stage race and wrapped up the three-day start in Israel, the first time a cycling Grand Tour has been held outside Europe.

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

The Giro ends in Rome on May 27.