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Giro d'Italia 2018: Tom Dumoulin wins Stage 1 time trial taking the pink jersey

Joe Robinson
4 May 2018

The defending champion is the fastest of the day on the tough course around the streets of Jerusalem, Israel

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) wins Stage 1 of the 2018 Giro d'Italia, a 9.7km individual time trial in Jerusalem, Israel, taking the first pink jersey of the race.

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) spent most of the day in the hotseat, however last man to ride Dumoulin managed to better his time by two seconds, with a finishing time of 12.02. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) rounded off the day's podium.

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.

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 winner.

Giro d'Italia: Stage 1 breakdown

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

Before the stage even began, pre-race favourite Froome saw drama, hitting the deck while riding a recon of the course earlier in the day. The rider was then videoed limping heavily with large abrasions to his right leg.

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) also hit the floor with Kanstantsin Siutsou (Bahrain-Merida) another faller, breaking his collarbone and abandoning from the race before it had even begun.

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.

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

Dennis, as expected, set a blistering time of 12.04, 30 seconds clear of the rest. At the finish he spoke of how techincal the course was and how it allowed little chance to ride to a rhythm.

More riders passed through the finish as we waited for the favourites to begin, Italian Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates) set a fair time knocking Cavanga off of second spot.

Several others went well including Pello Bilbao (Astana) and Jose Goncalves (Katusha-Alpecin) while others like Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo) struggled.

Of the big GC favourites, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) ran well with a time of 12.35 while Yates suprised us all setting a very competitive time of 12.22. 

European time trial champion Campenaerts set the same time as Dennis but unfortunately lost out on top spot by a matter of milliseconds.

Dennis then held his breath further as Froome and defending champion Dumoulin rolled off of the start ramp.