Ireland's Sam Bennett wins stage seven of the Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia 2018 – stage six results and latest standings after Esteban Chaves leads Mitchelton Scott one-two on Mount Etna as Simon Yates takes lead

Italian Viviani (Quick-Step Floors), already victor of two stages in the 2018 race, started his effort a tad too early and was eventually overpowered by Bora- Hansgrohe's Bennett, who claimed his maiden grand tour stage win.

Bennett had finished third on both previous sprint stages and after many near-misses, proclaimed himself "relieved" to have notched his first Grand Tour victory.

Bennett sat on Viviani's wheel until under 100 metres to go when he launched a powerful sprint to take the win in Praia a Mare.

The 26-year-old became only the fourth Briton to wear the maglia rosa - pink jersey - in the history of the race - joining the company of Mark Cavendish, Sir Bradley Wiggins and David Millar for that honour. "So I got confidence from the fact that they can go a little bit deeper than me with their spikes of power, but that they can't sustain it, and I have to keep reminding myself of that". It's not easy to beat Viviani - he knows what he's doing. Elia Viviani (Italy, Quick-Step Floors) 3.

He said: "Today was about patience".

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Yates added: "I felt really good, I looked across the road and everyone was looking at each other". I was glad I kept my cool and it paid off.

He is on a long-term project to transition from a time trial specialist into becoming an overall contender for the three-week Grand Tours - the Giro, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana. There were a few close calls, but we made it. The peloton remained ever-watchful of those early breaks but eventually allowed a group of 28 riders to go clear, including Jacques Janse van Rensburg for Africa's Team.

"To really get the timing right was key with so many fast sprinters here".

The peloton swept up Davide Ballerini, the last survivor of the day's breakaway, with 14 kilometres left of the 159km stage from Pizzo.

The only force he couldn't match was the superb showing from the Mitchelton-Scott team, who achieved a rare 1-2 finish atop the mountainous finish.

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