Giro d’Italia: Chris Froome 37 seconds behind Tom Dumoulin on first stage

Giro d’Italia: Chris Froome 37 seconds behind Tom Dumoulin on first stage

Britain’s Chris Froome, who crashed in practice, finished 37 seconds behind winner Tom Dumoulin on the first stage of the Giro d’Italia in Jerusalem.

The 32-year-old landed heavily on his right hip hours before the 9.7km time trial but said later that his injuries were “superficial”.

Bandages were visible under the Team Sky rider’s jersey as he finished 21st.

Defending Giro champion and world time trial champion Dumoulin beat Rohan Dennis by two seconds to win the stage.

Froome explained that he lost his front wheel in a corner during the morning’s practice.

“It’s not ideal to race just after having a crash, but that’s bike racing and it’s all part of the sport,” he added.

“A few guys came down today and some were pretty badly injured so I was just grateful it wasn’t more serious.”

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