Chris Froome crashes before start of first stage

Kelley Robertson
May 5, 2018

Froome, who is trying to become only the third rider in history to hold all three grand tour titles at the same time, was not the only rider to crash on the practice lap.

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.

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

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.

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

For numerous riders, this time-trial was more of a warm-up for Saturday's 167-kilometres ride up the Mediterranean coast from Haifa to Tel Aviv, where a bunch sprint is practically guaranteed to erupt by the seaside. Stage 3 will follow a lengthy, 229-kilometre route - the second-longest leg of the entire race - from Beersheba in the Negev desert down to Israel's southern tip of Eilat along the Red Sea.

Fabio Sabatini (Quick-Step Floors) had the honour of starting the race but it was his young teammate Remi Cavanga who set the quickest time early in the day with a time of 12.37.

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