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.
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.
COMO, Italy — French rider Thibaut Pinot won the Tour of Lombardy on Saturday for the first single-day classic victory of his career.
Pinot, who rides for the Groupama-FDJ team, left behind challenger Vincenzo Nibali with a solo attack 14 kilometers from the finish of the hilly 241-kilometer (150-mile) route from Bergamo to Como.
Nibali, a two-time winner of the Lombardy race, finished second, 32 seconds behind. Dylan Teuns of Belgium crossed third, 43 seconds back.
The victory caps a strong week for Pinot, who also won the Milano-Torino race on Wednesday.
“Among the monuments (single-day classics), Il Lombardia is the nicest in my mind,” Pinot said. “I’ve always wanted to win it. I’m in the form of my life but to win ahead of Nibali is something very special.”
Pinot also won two stages in the Spanish Vuelta last month and the five-day Tour of the Alps in April.