Viviani sprints to fourth stage win at rainy Giro d'Italia

Elia Viviani crosses the line first on stage 17

Elia Viviani crosses the line first on stage 17

However, as he had done three times before, Viviani showed that he's the best sprinter at the Giro by roaring past to edge out Sam Bennett for stage honours.

As for General Classification, Simon Yates retained the Maglia Rosa and should win the overall Giro d'Italia with just three days to go.

It was the first Giro stage win for the rider from Adelaide who finished second in the first time-trial in Jerusalem, and adds to his stage wins on the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana. "From the start I felt I wasn't great", said Pinot who posted the 66th best time.

"Obviously I wanted to come here to win a stage and I was hoping to do that in Israel in the opening time trial", he said. I gave everything today. But I died in the final 10 kilometres.

I had a few slips and just lost the nerve.

"Victor on Monte Zoncolan ahead of Yates last week, four-time Tour de France victor Froome trails his compatriot by 3'50" with Pinot now 4'19" off the pace.

Britain's Simon Yates of Mitchelton holds the overall leader's pink jersey after the 155km race in rainy conditions from Riva del Garda to Iseo, east of Milan.

"I think it's all to race for". I was dying in the final 10 kilometers. Anything can happen. Friday, featuring the Cima Coppi (the highest point in the race) the 2178m Colle delle Finestre, should be particularly good fun, while Saturday's summit finish also sees the riders climb to 2,000m. "The first half I felt good, I had a good rhythm and I felt I was going well, I wasn't losing so much time". "I was trying to hold on to my position". I thought I would lose a lot more time, but I managed to hang on.

There theoretically shouldn't be major time gaps on the stage, but with plenty of riders desperate to make back time, it could lead to some fireworks near the end. Unfortunately for the fans I may have to be a lot more defensive.

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