• Elia Viviani takes the win. (Getty)Source: Getty
Elia Viviani defended his EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg title by winning the sprint finish at the end of the 216.4km UCI World Tour one-day race.
Cycling Central

20 Aug 2018 - 12:33 PM  UPDATED 20 Aug 2018 - 12:39 PM

The Quick-Step Floors sprinter finished just ahead of Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates ) third.

“I was second in the Cadel Evans Race, Gent-Wevelgem and RideLondon, so to finally win a World Tour one-day race this year feels incredible," Viviani said. "It’s also my first victory in the beautiful Maglia Tricolore, which is something special that I will remember for the rest of my life." 

After a late stage breakaway was neutralised with six kilometres to go, Viviani avoided a crash at the 1500 metres mark and then followed the wheels of leadout team-mates Michael Mørkøv and Fabio Sabatini to take the win.

“With 400 meters left, I was on Demare’s wheel, who had Guarnieri in front of him, and that was the best position to find myself in," Viviani said.

"All that I had to do was to wait for the best moment to launch my sprint and power past my opponent, and this was inside the last 150 meters, 50 meters later than in 2017. Getting this victory bodes well before flying to Spain next week for the Vuelta."