Elia Viviani: 'I told the team not to pick me for Tour of Flanders'

The Italian says he isn't in the right shape to take up a valuable spot in Team Sky's Tour of Flanders line-up

Elia Viviani wins stage two of the 2016 Three Days of De Panne

(Image credit: Watson)

Elia Viviani passed on his chance to race the Tour of Flanders this Sunday and let a Sky team-mate take his place. The Italian, winner of stage two on Wednesday in the Three Days of De Panne, says that he suffered in recent days.

Team Sky named their Flanders line-up yesterday with leaders Michal Kwiatkowski and Geraint Thomas, and support riders Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Salvatore Puccio, Gianni Moscon, Christian Knees and Michal Golas.

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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.