Chris Froome crashes as Team Sky leader prepares for Giro d'Italia

Chris Froome crashes as Team Sky leader prepares for Giro d'Italia

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.

Australia's Dennis, a specialist over short distances, had sat in the so-called hot seat as the man to beat for over two hours but none was hotter than Dutchman Dumoulin. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) rounded off the day's podium.

The Team Sky rider suffered a huge set-back to his title hopes before the race even began as he was toppled while carrying out a time trial recon.

The last of the 101st Giro's three stages in Israel will take the riders Sunday from Beersheba through the Negev Desert to the Red Sea resort of Eilat, a ride of 229km.

The short 9.7km techincal course around the streets of Jerusalem promised to be hard and cause problems from the off. He appeared to also have an abrasion on the right side of his body.

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Dennis, as expected, set a blistering time of 12.04, 30 seconds clear of the rest.

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Fabio Aru (Team UAE) failed to come close to knocking the Australian off top spot, with Aru 48 seconds back.

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

The Giro starts at 11:50 BST, with defending champion Tom Dumoulin setting off last at 14:45 BST.