Cycling-Viviani wins opening stage of Tour of Britain


LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Italy's Elia Viviani won the opening stage of the Tour of Britain after a sprint finish at Dumlanrig Castle in south west Scotland on Sunday.

The Cannondale rider edged out compatriot Alessandro Petacchi at the uphill finish which proved not to the liking of British sprint king Mark Cavendish.

Monday's 186-km second stage traverses the Lake District in north west England. The race ends in London next Sunday. (Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Alison Wildey)

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