Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) – stage winner in Eilat
Bennett’s change of line was very brusque. He left some space for me to go through and so that helped. When you go for a gap like that, you make some contact but it was right on the limit. It came to the point that I had to choose between closing my eyes and going for it or pull back. In the end, I touched him to make him aware that I was next to him.
I went for it because I wanted to win. Yesterday proved I can win and so I wanted it again. Sprinters are a bit crazy in the finale. If I went for it, I knew I had a chance of staying up, passing him and winning.
We’re heading to Italy with two stage wins, the ciclamino points jersey and the best young rider’s jersey with Max Schachmann. Our goal was to win stages and scores points, we’ve done that. We also picked up 12 points in the intermediate sprints. We’ve had two good days. Things couldn’t go better.
Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) – race leader
It was a very long day and a little stressful with the wind. Nothing much happened till the last 10km. There were some splits but the team did a great job and kept me up front. It was a maximum effort to stay safe and avoid the splits in the finish.
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