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.
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.
Dumoulin had stated that he would not have entered the race if he was in the same predicament as Froome, who is confident he will be cleared of wrongdoing after he was found to have double the permitted limit of the asthma medication Salbutamol in his system at the Vuelta.
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Team Sky told Cyclingnews that Froome is "fine" and "there is no significant damage or cause for concern".
"It's pretty painful obviously, but then straight away he went right back on his bike and he did two laps again, " Portal said. Belarussian cyclist Kanstantstin Siutsou of the Bahrain-Merida team was not as fortunate.
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 stage Saturday will see the riders start in the northern port city of Haifa and ride 167 kilometres south along the coast to the finish in Tel Aviv. The Giro ends in Rome on May 27.