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Italy’s Viviani takes gold in men’s omnium cycling, Cavendish 2nd

Cycling - Track - Olympics: Day 10

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Elia Viviani of Italy reacts after winning the Cycling Track Men’s Omnium Points Race 66 on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Rio Olympic Velodrome on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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After taking bronze in the men’s omnium at last year’s UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Italy’s Elia Viviani took gold in the event Monday afternoon.

WATCH: Elia Viviani takes gold in men’s omnium

Viviani finished with a total of 207 points for the competition, with Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish taking second on 194 points, recovering from a crash during the race to take gold. Cavendish, who left the Tour de France early to focus on his preparations for Rio, beat out Denmark’s Lasse Norman Hansen for silver by just two points. A winner of 30 Tour de France stages in his storied cycling career, Cavendish now has his first Olympic medal.

WATCH: Cavendish starts crash, Viviani goes down

Hansen took gold in this event in London four years ago, and his medal makes it three consecutive Olympics in which Denmark has won a medal in cycling. In 2008 Denmark took silver in the men’s team pursuit event.

American Bobby Lea finished 17th, and he was one of three competitors who did not finish the points race.

WATCH: Men’s Omnium medal ceremony