Viviani: My first goal is to win a stage

Elia Viviani second at Gent-Wevelgem 2018

Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) has tipped former teammate Chris Froome (Team Sky) as his favourite to win the Giro d'Italia , while the Italian sprinter's own objectives start as soon as Saturday's stage 2 to Tel Aviv. Viviani's last - and to date, only - stage win in the Giro d'Italia was in 2015. This year, after his move to Quick-Step Floors, he already has six victories on his palmares even if his last Classic, Gent-Wevelgem, ended in a disappointingly close defeat to Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe). Viviani's first goal at the Giro d'Italia is to get a stage win. He then wants to put aside his experience of not finishing the 2016 Giro d'Italia, when he finished outside the time limit after eight stages. This time, he says, he is determined to finish his home race for the first time since 2015. "I know it's very hard, but ...

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Simon Yates beats expectations in Giro d'Italia opener

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Simon Yates went into the Giro d'Italia 's opening time trial hoping to limit losses to his general classification rivals, but the Mitchelton-Scott rider surprised even himself with a top performance on the tricky course in Jerusalem. Yates covered the 9.7km route in 12:22, just 20 seconds off the time of winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) for seventh place. More importantly, he put time into overall riders like Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Chris Froome (Team Sky), Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana). "It's my first top 10 in a time trial, and I'm really happy with that," Yates said in a release posted on the team's website. "I put a lot of work in, and finally we are seeing some improvements. I was pleasantly surprised to make time on some guys, I wasn't expecting that," Yates said. "I was always expecting to lose time, but actually the ...

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Giro d'Italia GC analysis: Dumoulin lays down marker, Froome concedes ground

Chris Froome rides onto the stage

Reading too much into the runes of the short opening time trial of a Grand Tour can sometimes be a fool's errand. There are, after all, still 3,512 kilometres of racing left in this Giro d'Italia , and one explosive 13-minute effort is hardly a firm indicator of performance in the marathon slog through the Alps in the final week. And yet, the hilly nature of the Jerusalem parcours meant that it had the feel of a rather weightier test than a traditional, city-centre prologue, and the time gaps between the favourites for final overall victory are certainly notable after just 9.7 kilometres of racing. As well as striking an obvious psychological blow by claiming the first maglia rosa of this Giro, defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) has something even more tangible to show from the first instalment of the GC battle – a 37-second head start over Chris Froome ...

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Giro mini roundtable: Dumoulin dominates, Froome flails

Giro mini roundtable: Dumoulin dominates, Froome flails

There are still 20 stages to go at this Giro, but that won't prevent us from voicing our much-too-early hot takes from Friday action. Read the full article at Giro mini roundtable: Dumoulin dominates, Froome flails on VeloNews.com .

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Giro d'Italia 2018 stage 1 highlights - Video

Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands) time trial world champion

The 2018 Giro d'Italia kicked off on Friday with a 9.7-kilometre time trial on the streets of Jerusalem. It proved an eventful start as 2017 champion Tom Dumoulin picked up where he left off and claimed the stage win and with it the first maglia rosa. With four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome, the rider many saw as the closest challenger, finishing 37 seconds down, Dumoulin couldn't have asked for a better start. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) occupied the hotseat for much of the day but was ousted when Dumoulin, the last rider off the ramp, came through to beat his time by two seconds. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) finished third, a couple of hundredths of a second behind Dennis. For a short time trial, the general classification developments were significant. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), two lightweight riders who ordinarily consider time trialling a weakness, were ...

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Dennis: I did everything I could but Dumoulin was better

Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) finished second in the Giro d'Italia opening time trial

When Rohan Dennis bounded up the final incline of Shlomo ha Melekh Street and stopped the clock with the day's quickest time to that point, it already seemed evident that only one man could prevent him from wearing the first maglia rosa of the Giro d'Italia . "After seeing the performance Rohan put it, we said to ourselves that Tom Dumoulin was probably the only one who could beat him," BMC Racing Team coach Marco Pinotti said afterwards, and then smiled wanly: "And that's how it turned out." On settling into the hot seat past the finish line, Dennis had to endure a wait of more than two hours for time trial world champion Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), the day's final starter, to tackle the 9.7km course. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) came remarkably close to matching Dennis' mark, but ultimately, only Dumoulin got the better of him, crossing the line two ...

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Pinot underwhelmed by solid opening Giro d'Italia TT performance

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) at the Giro d'Italia opening time trial

Thibaut Pinot ( Groupama-FDJ ) cut a surprisingly downbeat and almost self-critical figure after the Giro d'Italia's opening time trial in Jerusalem, saying that he thought that he could have achieved more. Pinot has a mixed series of results as a time triallist in the past, with the highpoints against the clock both coming in 2016 when he was proclaimed French National TT champion and winner of a a medium-length hilly time trial in the Tour de Romandie in his palmares. But just to take the Frenchman's last two Grand Tour participations, in the Giro d'Italia's critical mid-race TT last year, Pinot finished a whopping 2:42 down on Friday's winner, Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb), before crossing the line in 28th place in the Giro's final TT in Milan. As for the 2017 Tour de France, Pinot claimed an equally low-key 60th in the opening TT stage in Dusseldorf. In Jerusalem, ...

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Tom Dumoulin: The victory was more important than the time gained

Tom Dumoulin in the pink jersey after winning the opening time trial at the 2018 Giro d'Italia

A stage win, a pink jersey and a 37-second buffer over Chris Froome. The opening day of the Giro d'Italia could hardly have gone smoother for Tom Dumoulin ( Sunweb ), who mastered a technical time trial course to begin his title defence in resounding fashion in Jerusalem. It was hardly a surprise for the world time trial champion to claim the stage honours, pipping an impressive Rohan Dennis (BMC) by two seconds, but the early advantage he holds over Froome was rather more notable. After taking a seat in the post-race press conference in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, however, Dumoulin dismissed the idea that the stage win was almost a bonus in light of the head start he now has on his rivals for final overall victory. "The victory was more important: I'll show you what I'm wearing now," Dumoulin said, unzipping his maglia rosa to reveal the rainbow ...

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Giro Stage 2: History On Wheels

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Coastal Route spans the ancient and the ultramodern Stage 2: Haifa — Tel Aviv, 167km This is the unapologetic tourism stage, which I’m sure will set some heads alight on Twitter but has become a fundamental way for grand tours to pay the bills nowadays. With the other stages further inland, this is Israel’s chance to show off its coastal jewels, which come in many different forms. What’s It About? A straightforward, stress-free (we hope) day down the Mediterranean coast of the country, connecting its third largest city to its second-largest. Most of the stage is spent on a modern highway that’s as flat as West Flanders, which would insure a piano stage if not for some winds that might put the peloton on slightly higher alert. There’s a KOM point, and therefore a jersey, to be had, and if the Israel Cycling Academy doesn’t have a rider in the ...

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Chris Froome ready to battle on in Giro d'Italia despite crash and TT setback

Chris Froome (Team Sky) crashed before the start of the Giro d'Italia opening time trial

Chris Froome 's bid to win his first Giro d'Italia started with a clear time trial defeat by arch-rival Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) on Friday as the Briton shipped 37 seconds to the Dutchman in stage 1's short but punishingly difficult race against the clock. Froome's day had not begun at all well after he crashed heavily , albeit at a slowish pace, when testing his line on a corner of the technical time trial at race speed. Although the Team Sky rider fortunately only suffered surface wounds, and although he did not seem to have any problems pedalling in the time trial itself, as Froome drily put it later, "when you crash, it always hurts." With no team buses shipped over for any of the squads in Israel, Froome spent a lengthy period of time sitting at one end of the long white tents that housed the Team Sky ...

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Froome’s Giro just got that much harder

Froome’s Giro just got that much harder

Chris Froome's Giro starts with a pre-stage crash, a time loss to GC archrival Tom Dumoulin, and more questions about Salbutamol. Read the full article at Froome’s Giro just got that much harder on VeloNews.com .

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Dumoulin Delivers in Jerusalem ITT

Dumoulin’s winning ride in Jerusalem

World champ and defending winner pips Dennis for early lead There was a lot of talk about the Giro d’Italia starting outside Europe for the first time, in Israel, and how the Israeli sponsor had paid a lot of money to assure that Chris Froome of Sky arrived in Jerusalem to take part. Paying for Froome’s appearance might not be what it started out to be, but if doing so caused Tom Dumoulin to choose to contest the Giro, then maybe it was a master-stroke after all. The Dutch defending winner of the Giro followed his rival for cycling supremacy to the Giro, and on the opening stage he flashed his World Champion time triallist credentials to the massive crowds along the 9.7km course opening the Giro’s Israel adventure, taking the crono from BMC’s Rohan Dennis at the final moment. Dumoulin started strong and remained so over the hilly course ...

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Giro d’Italia Stage 1: Tom Dumoulin takes win and early lead in Jerusalem

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Chris Froome already 37s behind the Dutchman

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How I learned to stop complaining and love the Giro’s sprinters

Let’s be honest. If you’re watching the Giro, who outside of Holmovka is interested in the points competition and the sprint stages? It’s like going to Paris and eating at the Parisian Arby’s (I pray this doesn’t actually exist). But, you know what? If you are in Paris, and you are hungry, and the only place that is open is Arby’s, you’re going to be eating at Arby’s- so it pays to know what’s on the menu lest you end up consuming a roast beef and sadness sandwich. The sprint stages and points competition is like that (hopefully) fictional Parisian Arby’s. There are a bunch of stages this year where sprints are the only thing on the menu, so let’s see what we’re going to be getting. As I count them, there are 8 probable bunch sprint stages: Stage 2 - Haifa - Tel Aviv (167 km) Stage 3 - ...

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Froome OK for Giro start after training crash

Froome OK for Giro start after training crash

The four-time Tour de France champion went down Friday morning as he was riding the time trial course, but was cleared to began the race. Read the full article at Froome OK for Giro start after training crash on VeloNews.com .

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Siutsou out of Giro d'Italia after TT recon crash

Kanstantsin Siutsou (Bahrain - Merida) finished 9th in stage 5 and kept his overall lead at Tour of

Bahrain-Merida will start the 2018 Giro d'Italia one rider light after Kanstantsin Siutsou crashed while performing a recon of the opening-day time trial course on Friday morning. The Belarusian was one of a number of fallers on the technical 9.7km course, which was previewed by much of the peloton ahead of the start of the race. Overall favourites Chris Froome and Miguel Angel Lopez both suffered abrasions but will start the race. Unfortunately for Siutsou, his injuries are such that he will not be able to take part in the 101st Giro d'Italia. The Bahrain-Merida team announced the 35-year-old's withdrawal on Friday morning and, after tests at a nearby hospital, it was confirmed he had broken a bone in his back. "He has a composite fracture of the third cervical vertebra," said team doctor Carlo Guardiascione. "The fracture will be checked next week in Italy. In this moment we are ...

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

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 ...

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Giro set to go with Froome and Dumoulin the men to beat

Giro set to go with Froome and Dumoulin the men to beat

Defending Giro d'Italia champion Tom Dumoulin said on Thursday that the allegations against fellow competitor Chris Froome were harming cycling and he saw no problem with his rival participating in the event.

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Giro set to go with Jerusalem presentation

Giro set to go with Jerusalem presentation

Defending Giro d'Italia champion Tom Dumoulin said on Thursday that the allegations against fellow competitor Chris Froome were harming cycling and he saw no problem with his rival participating in the event.

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Chris Froome crashes on Giro TT recon

Chris Froome crashes on Giro TT 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. 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. Just happened during the TT recon. @chrisfroome crashed in Jerusalem! @giroditalia %u2611%uFE0F #Sporza %uD83C%uDDEE%uD83C%uDDF9 #Giro101 #GrandePartenza #Jerusalem #AmoreInfinito @sporza_koers #GiroSporza (c) The Cycling Hub pic.twitter.com/0GL5GNftOa — Renaat Schotte (@wielerman) May 4, 2018 See related Giro d'Italia 2018: Route, riders and all you need to know Cyclist Track Days 2018: Your chance to ride the ...

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