Quick-Step Floor's Elia Viviani took his second straight race win in stage three of the Giro d'Italia, which finished in Eilat, Israel, today.
"The win, everyone was expecting (it) but doing it is never easy", Viviani, who won his second stage at the Giro, told Eurosport.
Having already worn the yellow jersey of Tour de France leader and the red jersey of Vuelta a Espana leader, today he hoped to add the iconic pink jersey to his collection.
This followed on from a Friday 9.7 kilometer individual time trial in Jerusalem and a Saturday 167 kilometer race that saw cyclists cover the distance from Tel Aviv to Haifa.
Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton.
The fourth stage will be held in Sicily (Catania - Calagione, 198 km). "I'm feeling really good, and hope to finish my 20th Grand Tour on a high and get a good result here".
Australian Dennis (BMC) made up for his disappointment in losing Friday's opening time trial by two slender seconds to Team Sunweb's Dumoulin by winning the second intermediate sprint and moving one second clear of the Dutchman in the general classification.
Dumoulin remains in second, one second behind Dennis with Portugal s Jose Goncalves up to third at 13sec after Belgian Victor Campenaerts lost time at the finish.
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Viviani, who took the sprinters' cyclamen points jersey with his stage win, simply said it hadn't been his objective. He is now 19th, 38 seconds behind the leader.
Monday is a rest day and on Tuesday the Giro moves to Italy and Sicily for a hillly stage. The Giro ends in Rome on May 27.
The Giro d'Italia's Israeli excursion is over, and now the excitement begins.
Dennis said the ride through the desert was not as hot as originally feared and that strong winds were the main obstacle as they went through the barren moonscape after passing by its famous craters.
He praised the enthusiasm of the Israeli fans he encountered over the three days.
"Fans have supported us as if they were a real big cycling country".
Israel Cycling Academy's Guillaume Boivin was cheered on by the home crowd as the Canadian, along with Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Enrico Barbin (Bardiani-CSF), led the race from the start.
In 2014, the Giro started in Belfast, but this year's opening weekend in Israel is the first time it's been outside of Europe.