Chris Froome crashes in warm-up, then loses 37 seconds to Tom Dumoulin


Chris Froome's bid to win the Giro d'Italia has gotten off to an inauspicious start in Jerusalem after he crashed on a reconnaissance ride of Friday's opening stage.

"The negotiations with Team Sky took place before the Giro presentation so, within a correct relationship, I would have expected to be informed - so I really didn't like this", said Vengi.

Froome's sample showed elevated levels of asthma drug salbutamol, but the 32-year-old has insisted he is not guilty of any wrongdoing.

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Riding in the rainbow jersey as world time trial champion, the defending champion put significant time into many of his rivals at the earliest opportunity.

Froome was filmed limping after the crash, but he got back on his bike and rode to the Team Sky base to be assessed by team doctors.

Dumoulin finished two seconds ahead of Rohan Dennis.

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The fact he lost almost all of his deficit to Dumoulin in the more technical first half of the course suggests he was struggling to accelerate out of corners and he also appeared to be cornering very conservatively - both understandable results of a painful tumble.

Stage 1 of the 101st Giro d'Italia made history by starting in Jersualem, Israel: The first Grand Tour to begin outside of the shores of Europe.

For numerous riders, this time-trial was more of a warm-up for Saturday's 167-kilometres ride up the Mediterranean coast from Haifa to Tel Aviv, where a bunch sprint is practically guaranteed to erupt by the seaside.

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