Chris Froome 37 Seconds Back on Tom Dumoulin After Stage 1

Leigh Mccormick
May 5, 2018

The 32-year-old, who is aiming to become the third rider to win a third successive Grand Tour, was on a recce for the 9.7km time trial in Jerusalem.

Chris Froome has crashed during a practice session ahead Friday's first stage of the Giro d'Italia, though he is expected to be fine for the start of the race.

A video showed the four-time Tour de France champion limping gingerly after the accident.

Froome was pictured with a ripped jersey and shorts and cuts around his hip and right knee as his bike was repaired.

According to cyclingnews, Froome has not suffered any serious damage and a full update will be issued later today.

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Dumoulin had stated that he would not have entered the race if he was in the same predicament as Froome, who is confident he will be cleared of wrongdoing after he was found to have double the permitted limit of the asthma medication Salbutamol in his system at the Vuelta.

Astana team leader Miguel Angel Lopez also crashed in training but the Colombian will compete as well.

The last of the 101st Giro's three stages in Israel will take the riders Sunday from Beersheba through the Negev Desert to the Red Sea resort of Eilat, a ride of 229km.

The second stage Saturday will see the riders start in the northern port city of Haifa and ride 167 kilometres south along the coast to the finish in Tel Aviv.

The race will then transfer to Italy, and the island of Sicily, for an early rest day on Monday.

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