Elia Viviani disappointed after failing to finish off Quick-Step work at Ghent-Wevelgem

Italian champion misses out for a second year despite being well set up by his Deceuninck-Quick-Step team-mates

Elia Viviani on the Kemmelberg at Ghent-Wevelgem 2019 (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Italian sprint star Elia Viviani wanted to finish off Deceuninck-Quick Step's work and keep its string of wins going, but leaves Ghent-Wevelgem disappointed after being blocked and finishing 19th.

The Italian champion's result comes one year after narrowly losing to Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) after the team had again worked for his sprint. This time, Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) came out on top in Wevelgem.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.