Elia Viviani: Everything clicked into place at Quick-Step Floors to take Down Under stage win

Italian sprinter Elia Viviani took his first victory for new team Quick-Step Floors at the Tour Down Under, after a few adjustments were made to his lead-out train

Elia Viviani

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Elia Viviani validated his decision to leave Team Sky, claiming his first scalp of the season for new team Quick-Step Floors at the Tour Down Under with a sensational sprint in oppressive heat on Thursday.

The Italian made up seven bike lengths in the closing metres of the technical finish to take line honours ahead of Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) and Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott).

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.