Chris Froome 37 Seconds Back on Tom Dumoulin After Stage 1

May 05, 2018, 18:16
Chris Froome 37 Seconds Back on Tom Dumoulin After Stage 1

Chris FROOME said he was confident that he had suffered only "superficial" injuries after struggling to 21st place in yesterday's opening-day time trial at the Giro d'Italia following a dramatic crash in practice.

Chris Froome's bid to complete a Grand Tour clean sweep got off to a bad start Friday when he crashed before the opening stage of the 2018 Giro d'Italia.

Tom Scully was the best of the three Kiwis on day one of the Giro d'Italia on Saturday morning (NZ time).

The rivalry between reigning men's individual time trial champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and current three-time Australian champion Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) is quickly becoming one of pro cycling's best.

Earlier in the day, Froome fell heavily during a recon ride and could be seen limping in the immediate aftermath.

He then had a long wait in the hot seat until Dumoulin stopped the clock two seconds faster."It was a technical course".

The 2015 Tour Down Under champion and Tour de France stage victor had to wait until the last rider, Dumoulin, rolled down the ramp before learning his eventual fate.

There were a few riders I was really surprised about.

"I'm just glad it wasn't more serious", he said afterwards, "because..."

Since beginning to turn his attention to the Grand Tours at the beginning of 2017, Dennis has spoken of the challenge of paring down his physique for the mountains while maintaining his old time trialling power.

It was carnage even before the Giro began with three riders crashing on what is reported to be a problematic 9.7km course around central Jerusalem. Belarussian cyclist Kanstantstin Siutsou of the Bahrain-Merida team was not as fortunate. The hilly nature of Friday's time trial course, mind, meant that Dennis was hardly hindered by his altered preparation.

"I just lost the front wheel in a corner".

Although the 27-year-old Dumoulin is likely to hold onto the lead during the early stages in Israel, he said it would be hard to maintain his advantage for the entire race. "I could go full gas, then recover, then go full gas and recover again".

The second leg of the race is from Haifa to Tel Aviv.

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