Chris Froome crashes in training ahead of Giro d'Italia start

Chris Froome crashes in training ahead of Giro d'Italia start

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'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.

Team Sky leader Chris Froome's earlier crash seemed to effect his eventual performance after he set a time of 12.39, conceding 37 seconds to defending champion Dumoulin, quite a considerable loss at such an early point within the race. His shorts were ripped around the hip and his jersey was ripped near his shoulder blade.

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

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With so much talk about his adverse test for asthma drug salbutamol at last year's Vuelta and whether he should even be here, the start of the race was meant to bring some respite. "It's going to be a painful TT for him but he is fine". He was knocked out of the race after a nasty spill.

Losing to Dumoulin and Dennis on this course is no major embarrassment but the fact he is also behind Italy's Domenico Pozzovivo and Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, two challengers for victory in Rome in three weeks' time and neither known for their time-trialling, will smart.

The 167-kilometre second stage on Saturday (Sunday NZT) will whizz down the Mediterranean coast from Haifa to Tel Aviv. The Giro ends in Rome on May 27.

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