Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
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Froome crashes ahead of Giro start

Froome crashes ahead of Giro start

It was hardly an ideal start for Froome, who is facing a potential doping ban after a urine sample he provided at the Spanish Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol that was twice the permitted level.

"I had been feeling good lately and today I took time off of my rivals, that's all I wanted", said Dumoulin.

He was beaten by two fellow Britons and while it was no great surprise that Alex Dowsett should finish fifth, Simon Yates will no doubt be delighted with his seventh place, 20s down on Dumoulin.

The Giro starts at 11:50 BST, with defending champion Tom Dumoulin setting off last at 14:45 BST.

The third fastest man on a warm and sticky day was Belgium's Victor Campenaerts, only a fraction of a second slower than Dennis, with Portugal's Jose Goncalves fourth, 12 seconds back.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome, who cut and grazed his right knee in a crash during the course reconnaissance earlier on Friday, was a distant 21st.

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.

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

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.

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

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