Published: Sat, May 05, 2018
Industry | By Faith Ward

Chris Froome crashes as Team Sky leader prepares for Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome crashes as Team Sky leader prepares for Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome got off to a rocky start in his quest to win a third consecutive Grand Tour title, crashing during a training run ahead of the opening stage of the Giro d'Italia and drawing blood around his right knee.

Australia's Dennis, a specialist over short distances, had sat in the so-called hot seat as the man to beat for over two hours but none was hotter than Dutchman Dumoulin. Victor Kompanets (Belgium, Lotto Fix All) 4.

The four-time Tour de France champion, racing for Team Sky, begins his Giro attempt at 14:41 BST.

One General Classification rider that could take pride in his day's performance was Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) who managed to concede just 20 seconds to the eventual victor.

After the first three stages of the race moves to Italy.

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The short 9.7km techincal course around the streets of Jerusalem promised to be hard and cause problems from the off.

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

Miguel Angel Lopez, another of the pre-race favourites, also came off but is not seriously hurt, but Froome's former team-mate Kanstantsin Siutsou has gone to hospital with a reported broken collarbone.

The young Frenchman sat in the hotseat for some time until one of the day's favourites rolled of the start ramp.

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