Chris Froome 37 Seconds Back on Tom Dumoulin After Stage 1

  • Chris Froome 37 Seconds Back on Tom Dumoulin After Stage 1

Chris Froome 37 Seconds Back on Tom Dumoulin After Stage 1

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 Team Sky rider's quest suffered a blow before he started the famous race, Froome taking a fall as he surveyed the course in a historic city that is the first to host a Grand Tour stage outside of Europe.

The case is yet to be resolved and Froome and Team Sky have faced intense questioning over the affair in recent days, overshadowing their preparations for what could be a titanic battle with reigning champion Tom Dumoulin.

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. The 32-year-old returned an adverse finding from a urine test taken during the Vuelta a España last year which indicated twice the permitted level of the asthma drug salbutamol. "To have the win and time on the other GC guys is a pefect start for me and the team." said Dumoulin.

And the British cyclist had to recover from a crash during a training run of the circuit and was 19 seconds down on then leader Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) through the first intermediate checkpoint.