Elia Viviani wins Tour of Austria stage as Sep Vanmarcke takes overall lead

Italian sprinter Elia Viviani sprints to victory in Vienna as winds and crashes play their part on stage one

Elia Viviani

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Elia Viviani won stage one of the Tour of Austria in Vienna on Monday, taking the sprint victory on a day affected by crashes and crosswinds.

Viviani has been at the centre of speculation in the past month that he may be ready to leave Team Sky, and this victory in Austria was for the Italian national team rather than for his trade squad, who are absent from the UCI 2.1-ranked event.

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