‘Elia Viviani is one of the best at sprinting off rivals’ trains’

Rod Ellingworth talks about Elia Viviani's approach to the sprints and his role going forward in the Giro d'Italia
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Elia Viviani (Team Sky) finished second behind Marcel Kittel on stage three of the Giro d’Italia, the German winning with ease on that stage and the day before.

Viviani lacks the benefit of a leadout train, but this isn’t a huge problem according Rod Ellingworth, Team Sky‘s Head of Performance Operations.

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Ellingworth sees his Italian sprinter as one of the best in the bunch at moving around the peloton and benefiting from the work of other teams.

Kittel has won thanks mostly to being by far the best sprinter, but also due to a dedicated train to deliver him to the finish.

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Looking ahead, Viviani will form part of the support group for Mikel Landa’s GC ambitions and will work hard in the early part of the day to keep things under control.

After three days in the Netherlands, the race heads home to Italy where it resumes on Tuesday. The stages become more rolling but there will still be opportunities for the sprinters, particularly for those who cope better with the lumpy parcours.