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Thursday 8 December 2016

Viviani takes stage as Matthews leads Giro

Australian overall leader Michael Matthews celebrates his pink jersey on the podium of the 2nd stage of the 98th Giro (Tour of Italy) on May 10, 2015 in Genova
Australian overall leader Michael Matthews celebrates his pink jersey on the podium of the 2nd stage of the 98th Giro (Tour of Italy) on May 10, 2015 in Genova

Italy’s Elia Viviani used his knowledge of home roads to snatch victory in stage two of the Giro d’Italia yesterday with Australian Michael Matthews taking over as race leader.

Team Sky’s Viviani triumphed on the 177-kilometre ride from Albenga to Genoa, pipping Moreno Hofland and Andre Greipel on the line.

Matthews, whose Orica-GreenEDGE outfit won the opening team time trial on Saturday, finished seventh on the stage to take the pink jersey.

Spanish favourite Alberto Contador is sixth overall for Tinkoff-Saxo as he bids to become the first man to achieve a Giro/Tour de France double since the late Marco Pantani.

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