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Watch: Chris Froome crashes on Giro d'Italia time trial recon

Joe Robinson
4 May 2018

Rider pictured with large abrasions as he prepares for today's first stage

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has crashed while performing a recon of today's Stage 1 individual time trial of the Giro d'Italia in Jerusalem. 

The four-time Tour de France champion was on course preparing for the opening stage when he took a spill. A spectator managed to catch the aftermath and picture the rider.

Video footage then showed Froome limping as he got off of his time trial bike finishing his recon. The rider looked to be in certain discomfort only hours before he is due to start his Giro campaign.

As can be seen from the photos, Froome clearly fell hard ripping both his jersey and shorts.

Both Froome's upper right leg and knee were cut. Also down while on a recon of the course was Kanstantstin Siutsou (Bahrain-Merida) who was reported to have broken his collarbone. On the ground, riders commented on the high speed nature of the course and the number of off-camber corners.

The individual time trial course is a technical affair around the twisting and turning roads of Jerusalem, Israel. One of the worries for the General Classification favourites would have been crashing and ending any chance of overall victory. 

It seems like this fear could have materialised for Froome before the race has even begun.

This is a less than ideal start for a rider already under immense pressure ahead of his assault on this year's Giro. Froome is looking to win the pink jersey and therefore become the first rider since Bernard Hinault to simultaneously hold all three Grand Tours.

Under the current scrutiny of his adverse analytical finding for salbutamol, Froome would have been hoping for a low-key start to the race before heading back to Italy.

The stage starts later today with live coverage on Eurosport and race reports here on cyclist.co.uk.