Viviani sprints to fourth stage win, Yates retains pink jersey

Iseo (Italy) (AFP) –


Italy's Elia Viviani of the Quick Step team won a sprint finish for the Giro d'Italia 17th stage on Wednesday, his fourth win in this year's race.

Britain's Simon Yates of Mitchelton holds the overall leader's pink jersey after the 155km race in rainy conditions from Riva del Garda to Iseo, east of Milan.

Yates finished in 28th place behind defending champion Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands and four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome.

Yates kept his lead of 56 seconds overall lead on Dumoulin.

Vivani's dash for the line saw him snatch the stage victory from Ireland's Sam Bennett, the winner of the two other group sprints. Italy's Niccolo Bonifazio was third.

The 29-year-old Olympic omnium gold medallist adds to his two stage wins in Israel and last Friday's 13th stage at Nervesa della Battaglia.

South Africa's Louis Meintjes pulled out before the start with a respiratory infection with Belgian Victor Campenaerts also withdrawing from the race which finishes in Rome next Sunday.

Thursday's 18th stage goes from Abbiategrasso on the outskirts of Milan to the ski resort of Pratonevoso, which includes a climb of 13.9 km with a 6.9 percent gradient.