Dumoulin wins opening stage of 2018 Giro d’Italia and takes time on Froome

Tom Dumoulin giro 2018 time trial jerusalem stage 1

Defending champion Tom Dumoulin won the opening stage of the 101st Giro d’Italia on Friday, edging Rohan Dennis (BMC) by two seconds to claim the pink jersey.

The Team Sunweb rider was the last of the 175 riders to start. He finished the 9.7-kilometer  time trial in 12 minutes, 2 seconds.

Chris Froome (Team Sky)  had to recover from a crash during the recon of the stage and was 19 seconds down on then leader Rohan Dennis (BMC) through the first intermediate checkpoint.  The Briton finished 37 seconds down on Dumoulin and now sits in 21st place overall.

“I knew I felt good in the last days, but we still had to see in the race how it is. This is all I wished for – the win and a lot of time on the other GC riders, so it’s the perfect start for me,” Dumoulin said.

“The course was perfect for me – very technical, and I’m good on corners on the TT bike. It was full gas, recover, full gas, recover, so it was perfect for me.”

The second stage on 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.

Giro d’Italia 2018 – stage 1 results (Jerusalem ITT):

1Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

12:02

2Rohan Dennis (BMC)

+02”

3Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal)

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4José Gonçalves (Katusha-Alpecin)

+12”

5Alex Dowsett (Katusha-Alpecin)

+16”

6Pello Bilbao (Astana)

+18”

7Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

+20”

8Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)

+21”

9Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin)

+27”

10Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida)

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11Carlos Betancur (Movistar)

+28”

12Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)

+29”

13Mads Würtz Schmidt (Katusha-Alpecin)

+30”

14Felix Grossschartner (Bora-hansgrohe)

+31”

15Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)

+32”

16Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)

+33”

17Tom Scully (EF Education First-Drapac)

+34”

18Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)

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19Georg Preidler (Groupama-FDJ)

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20Rémi Cavagna (Quick-Step Floors)

+35”

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