Dumoulin wins opening stage of Giro d'Italia, Froome 21st

Dumoulin wins opening stage of Giro d'Italia, Froome 21st

The victor of the third stage of the Cycling race "Giro d'italia" was an Italian athlete Elia Viviani, winning yesterday at the stage of "Haifa - tel Aviv".

Dumoulin was the last of the 175 riders to start the stage and finished the 9.7-kilometer (6-mile) time trial in 12 minutes, 2 seconds to claim the pink jersey.

Race leader Rohan Dennis has also been bowled over by the Israeli fans' enthusiasm for the race.

Australian Rohan Dennis, of BMC Racing, took the race leader's pink jersey off reigning champion Tom Dumoulin.

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. Yesterday proved I can win and so I wanted it again.

"I knew I felt good in the last days".

The repeat victory helped solidify his reputation as one of the world's top sprinters.

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

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But having been left out of the Sky team to ride the Giro a year ago, Viviani wasn't going to let lightning strike twice. The Dutchman remained in second place overall as Jose Goncalves moved into third.

Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton. He is now 19th, 38 seconds behind the leader.

As I grabbed an omelette and some fruit, I had a quick chat with Irish national champion Ryan Mullen, who is riding his first Grand Tour here.

It won't be as straightforward when the race resumes on Tuesday night after a rest day, with a hilly stage ending in an steep uphill finish on the agenda - providing Bennett and his rivals with their first chance to strike a blow on Italian soil. "We made contact but I went through", he said.

"They took to the race really well and supported us like they were a really big cycling country, which was really nice", he said.

Another Italian, Enrico Barbin of Bardiani-CSF, secured the first blue king of the mountains jersey of the 101st edition of the race after picking his way through the crowds to crest the summit of the only categorised climb of the day in pole position.

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.

Israel Cycling Academy co-owner Sylvan Adams, a Canadian-Israeli cycling enthusiast who played a key role in bringing the Giro to Israel, said it was a dream come true.

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