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Summary

  1. Elia Viviani wins stage two
  2. Italian wins sprint finish in Tel Aviv
  3. Rohan Dennis takes over as race leader

Live Reporting

By Peter Scrivener

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye

    And that's also two out of two for Simon Yates. The British rider who has written our stage-by-stage guide, picked Tom Dumoulin for stage one and Elia Viviani for stage two.

    Perhaps not the hardest two stages to call but he's 100%.

    He's also picked Viviani for stage three - will Simon make it a hat-trick tomorrow? I'll be here to take you through it. Join me from around 13:00 BST.

    Thanks for your company.

    Giro d'Italia stage three profile
  2. Will Cavendish win in Yorkshire?

    That's just about it from me. The race report needs writing and I want to see stage three of the Tour de Yorkshire, which is also coming its conclusion.

    Will Mark Cavendish win in Scarborough? You can follow that race here.

  3. Viviani lives up to favourite tag

    That was a huge effort by the Elia Viviani who came from a long way back to win just his second Giro d'Italia stage, in the end, by a comfortable distance.

    As he came out of the final corner, he had lost his lead-out men and had to follow other wheels.

    Jakub Mareczko of the Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia team looked set to take an unlikely win but Viviani exploded down the left-hand side of the road.

    Ireland's Sam Bennett crossed in third.

    Elia Viviani wins stage two
  4. Dennis takes race lead

    Rohan Dennis has been confirmed as the new race leader. He finished safely in the peloton and will wear the pink jersey on Sunday's stage three.

  5. Viviani wins

    Elia Viviani wins stage two of the Giro d'Italia

  6. Final kilo

    The break comes to nought. There are two Quick-Step Floors riders with Viviani as they take the final turn. Viviani is some way back though - the final 800m, where is Viviani? Where is Sam Bennett?

  7. Final 2km

    The whole of Tel Aviv appears to be out on the streets - there is barely a spare space on the side of the road as the riders snake through to the finish.

    Just 2km remaining and the expected Quick-Step Floors train has not materialised.

    A Lotto-Fix All rider has suddenly broken clear - it's Tosh van der Sande.

  8. Martin has a dig

    Is Tony Martin going to try and time trial this to the finish? He takes a left-hander at great pace and his Katusha team-mates behind him try to block the road but their canny plan is foiled and the German is reeled in.

  9. Final 5km

    The closing kilometres are incredibly technical with five right-angled turns in the road for the riders to negotiate. The final one leads the riders on to the finishing straight which is around 7-800m long.

    No team is taking complete control of this in the run-in. Team Sky have dropped away a bit and former world time trial champion Tony Martin of Katusha is setting the pace.

    And a perfect example of why you need to stay near the front - Team Sky's Wout Poels is off the back. I don't think he crashed, but he certainly needed assistance from the team car.

  10. Fans getting too close

    Some spectators get a little too close to the action and have to take evasive action to avoid being taken out.

    The pace is up at 55km/h as the riders squeeze down from three lanes wide to one.

    Into the final 7.5km as the riders take a sharp left-hander.

  11. Team Sky holding the front

    Vasil Kiryienko of Team Sky is leading the peloton. All seven of his team-mates, Chris Froome included right behind him.

    It's crucial to stay up near the front because you don't want to get caught behind a crash at this stage.

    Inside the final 3km on a sprint stage is fine because you will be credited with the same time as the riders you were with.

  12. Sprinters lining up

    And Quick-Step Floors use the 15km to go banner as their signal to move up to the front of the peloton.

    Team Sky are right on the pointy end as the peloton hits the outskirts of Tel Aviv. Astana and Bora-Hansgrohe are up the middle. Quick-Step and Team Sunweb down the right.

    12.5km to go

  13. Final 15km

    Team Sky are lined up down the left of the peloton, Chris Froome's rival Fabio Aru is down the other side. Race leader Tom Dumoulin's Team Sunweb are down the middle.

    Sam Bennett, the sprinter who hopes to crush Elia Viviani's dreams of a stage win, is also right in the middle as we hit the final 15km.

    Thousands upon thousands of fans lining the route. Terrific scenes.

  14. Boivin's break over

    The big wide roads are not helping Guillaume Boivin. There is no shelter from the wind.

    He's had a great day but is swallowed by the peloton with 17km remaining. It's now time for the sprinters.

  15. Final 20km in to Tel Aviv

    Guillaume Boivin's lead is coming down. He has an advantage of around 35 seconds with 20km remaining.

    The peloton is changing shape with the teams forming their trains, either to try set up their sprinters or keep their General Classification riders safe.

  16. Boivin breaking up

    Guillaume Boivin is starting to tire. The tell-tale signs of slight weaving across the road, the rocking and rolling in the saddle. The brief burst where he climbs out of his saddle.

    A quick chat with his team car, a bit of encouragement needed for the Canadian representing the Israel Cycling Academy team as the race continues to speed down one side of a motorway.

    His lead is 63 seconds and he has 27km to the finish line in Tel Aviv...which is where our chief sports writer Tom Fordyce is waiting...

  17. Favourites tag hard to live up to - Viviani

    The favourite for today's stage win, Elia Viviani, was speaking to the press before the start of today's stage.

    Here's the Quick-Step Floors rider's take on stage two: "There's going to be a little bit of wind so it's going to be a nervous day.

    "The General Classification riders want to be up near the front. Everyone is fresh and trying to stay in a good position.

    "We have a plan for a sprint and we wil ltry out best. It is never easy to be the favourite team and win."

  18. Race gearing up for sprint finish

    Back on the road to Tel Aviv and we are heading into the final 35km of today's stage.

    Guillaume Boivin is continuing his quest for an unlikely stage victory and is 85 seconds clear of the peloton.

    One rider from the Bora-Hansgrohe team and one from Quick-Step Floors are taking it in turns to pace the peloton. Bora riding for Sam Bennett and Quick-Step for Elia Viviani.