Down Under the limit for Giro away days - Dennis

Jo Caldwell
May 8, 2018

Froome, who bloodied his right knee and ripped his shorts and jersey in the crash shortly before the time trial started, finished 37 seconds behind Dumoulin in 21st place.

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Mareczko held off Ireland's Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) while Italians Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain Merida) and Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac) completed the top five.

Elia Viviani came out on top in a feisty sprint finish to win stage three of the Giro d'Italia in Eilat, while BMC's Rohan Dennis kept hold of the race leader's pink jersey.

With a rest day tomorrow, the race now moves to Italy in stage four on Tuesday, consisting of a 198km route from Catania to Caltagirone.

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Today ended the Israeli championship.

"The team rode for me in the 30km before the intermediate sprint and delivered me perfectly", said Dennis, who beat Viviani in that race within the race. "I'm feeling really good, and hope to finish my 20th Grand Tour on a high and get a good result here". "The win, everyone was expecting (it) but doing it is never easy", Viviani said, "I was really nervous this morning, I tried to overcome a bit this emotion but it's not easy".

The 36-year-old aims to return to racing after the Giro d'Italia at the Tour de Pologne, then "come back for the Vuelta and be on the look-out for some stage wins".

Mullen is the best of the Irish on the overall general classification in 46th position, 58 seconds off the lead, while Bennett is 64th, 14 seconds behind his compatriot.

While there were fewer spectators on Sunday due to the sparsely populated southern Negev Desert than the two previous stages, the riders were still cheered on by locals banging drums and strumming guitars.

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He praised the enthusiasm of the Israeli fans he encountered over the three days.

"I think the third week and even the second week is still a big unknown for me".

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. "This was a Giro d'Israel - a three-day tour around our special country".

"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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