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Elia Viviani, who won the second stage of the race the next day, cycling from Haifa to Tel Aviv in less than four hours, said he was pleasantly surprised by the crowds.
Bennett finished 25th on this morning's stage to jump up another five spots on the general classification, sitting in 32nd overall, 50 seconds behind overall leader Rohan Dennis.
Racing at the Grand Tour will resume with a 198km stage from Catania to Caltagirone on Tuesday (May 8).
Cyclist ride during the last stage at the Giro d'Italia, near the Makhtesh Ramon Crater in Southern Israel on May 6, 2018.
The 120 million shekel (34 million dollars, 27 million euros) investment in the Israeli leg attracted thousands of tourists as spectators watched to see whether four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, victor of three Grand Tour titles in a row.
"Of course it's never nice to be at home during the Giro, especially after the Olympics because at that point in my career I wanted to concentrate on the road to really establish myself", he said.
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Niall Anderson is covering every stage of the Giro d'Italia live for the Herald. From Cervinia, the Giro will move on May 27th to Rome for the 21 and last stage.
Jerusalem's opening leg was named in honor of Gino Bartali, a three-time former Giro champion who in 2013 was posthumously bestowed Israel's highest honor given to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during World War II.
They encountered Israeli flag-waving fans and spectators on horseback wearing the maglia rosa along the way, and even passed a group of goat herders.
"The way the fans responded these three days, we've been impressed - we've also spoken about it amongst the riders - a Tour of Israel could be a good thing one day", he said.
"I think the third week and even the second week is still a big unknown for me".
Riders will now transfer to Italy tomorrow, following the controversial Big Start in Israel.
The Israel Cycling Academy assembled its own team that consisting of two Israelis in its eight-members squad, competing for the first time in the European competition. "This was a Giro d'Israel - a three-day tour around our special country".
Ryan told me he came around a corner on his recon ride to see pre-race favourite Chris Froome sprawled on the ground after crashing.