Dennis pretty in pink as riders get an eyeful in Holy Land
AUSTRALIA'S Rohan Dennis remains in the overall lead after Elia Viviani sealed his second consecutive Giro d'Italia stage win in a bunch sprint finish in the third stage.
Sam Bennett, of Bora-Hansgrohe, was in the lead with a kilometre to go but Viviani showcased his impressive power once again to close in on the Irishman before the final corner and crossed the finish line first.
Viviani, who won the second stage after a similar comeback on Saturday, finished ahead of Sacha Modolo (Cannondale-Drapac) and Bennett had to settle for third. Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) and Danny van Poppel (Lotto NL - Jumbo) rounded out the top five.
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.
The trio were swept up by the peloton in the closing stages and finished well behind the top 10 in the last stage to be held in Israel.
Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates of the Australia-based Mitchelton-Scott team finished 15th and 16th respectively.
Dennis' ability to stay out of danger means he will have the advantage when the race resumes after a rest day in Catania, Sicily on Tuesday. He remains one second clear of Dutchman Tom Dumoulin.
But it was what went on alongside the route on stage three in Israel that caused the biggest stir on social media.
The female cycling fan gave TV viewers a surprise as the peloton, including Britain's Chris Froome, wove its way past her barrier.
As she waved to the riders - or maybe it was one in particular - she also gave them an eyeful, which left commentators speechless.
Her top was hitched well above her breasts. and Twitter fans soon let her know it.