Viviani second after sprint setback

05 Sep 2017

Viviani second after sprint setback

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Sport Director Dario Cioni was upbeat about Elia Vivinai's chances of sprint success despite slipping to second overall after stage three of the Tour of Britain.

Viviani finished seventh in a tricky sprint finish in Scunthorpe which saw Caleb Ewan win his second stage in three days to take the overall lead.

The result leaves the Italian rider just six seconds adrift of Ewan heading into the halfway point of the Tour of Britain and Cioni believes there will be more suitable stages for the in-form sprinter.
 
He told TeamSky.com: “We knew of all the sprints this would be the hardest for Elia and we decided to commit 100 per cent to Elia instead of playing the Elia or Kwiato card.
 
“In the run-in we got divided, with Kiry and Kwiato on the front and Elia and Owain behind so it wasn’t the best day, but of all the sprint stages we knew this would be the hardest to win.
 
“The important thing is we didn’t lose time and now we can look forward to a better sprint tomorrow.”
Thomas continued his return from injury with a solid effort on the front of the peloton.

Thomas continued his return from injury with a solid effort on the front of the peloton.

Geraint Thomas echoed Cioni's words and continued his return from injury with a long spell at the front of the peloton, working for Viviani.  

He said: “It’s been pretty tough going and I feel like I’m lacking a bit of the punch for the finals, so I said I’d ride a bit [on the front] today. And get a bit of extra work done.
 
“Obviously with Elia sprinting well it gives us a good target, something to really go for.”