Elia Viviani happy to take maiden win early in the season
Jan 18 2018 01:26 pm CET

Elia Viviani happy to take maiden win early in the season

Elia Viviani became only the sixth Italian to take a stage win at the Tour Down Under on Thursday, following a perfect drop-off by his teammate.

The rider, who makes his debut for Quick-Step Floors at the Australian race, was delivered by teammates Dries Devenyns, Fabio Sabatini and Michael Mørkøv before powering past race leader Caleb Ewan in the final meters.

"Today it was very hot and that only made the stage harder," he said. "For that matter, it was very important to keep hydrating and make sure there’s some energy left in the tank for the final 200 meters. The guys did a perfect job today and I want to thank them for helping me get this win.

"The victory is important not only for the confidence, but also because it shows that I had a good winter preparation."

Viviani is happy to have achieved his maiden win of the season, with his new team, this fast.

"The first win of the year is always the hardest one to get. I was determined to start the season on the right foot and this success gives me great joy. I had good legs this week, you could see I was always there in the other stages, but needed just a few days to get that race feeling with my teammates and put things into place. I’m very happy everything went perfect today and I netted a victory so early in the season."
Photo of Elia Viviani by Quick-Step Floors



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