Rohan Dennis takes pink as Elia Viviani sprints to Giro d'Italia 2018 stage two victory

The Italian wins the first road stage as Dennis picks up bonus seconds to take overall lead

Elia Viviani wins stage two of the 2018 Giro d'Italia (LUK BENIES/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) sprinted to victory on the first road stage of the 2018 Giro d'Italia, beating Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina) to the line on stage two.

Viviani's speed in the final 50 metres could not be matched by anyone as he rounded his fellow Italian Mareczko who had launched his sprint first on the left hand side of the road towards the finish in Tel Aviv.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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