Chris Froome: First time trial to have big impact
May 04 2018 10:36 am CET

Chris Froome: First time trial to have big impact
Chris Froome: First time trial to have big impact
Photo of Chris Froome by Team Sky

Today the 101st Giro d'Italia starts with an opening time trial of 9,7 kilometres through the streets of Jerusalem, Israel. Chris Froome is trying to win his 3rd consecutive Grand Tour, and the foundation for that can be laid in today's opening time trial. The GC contender for Team Sky believes the time trial in the streets of Jerusalem is going to have a lot more impact than a regular prologue. The hilly course can already cause significant gaps.

"Very important, very important," Froome responds about what he thinks of the 9,7 km long time trial. "I expect gaps of 20 to 30 seconds between the GC riders. There will be big gaps on such a technical and hilly course, especially with the heat."

Of all GC riders, Tom Dumoulin with all his time trialing skills seems to be his main contender. "We haven't raced each other really so far, so it is great we can have a battle here. But it will not just be him and me, as there are many other strong riders here."

Chris Froome will start his time trial at 16:41 local time, while Dumoulin is the last man to roll of the starting ramp four minutes later.

Chris Froome is off to a false start this Giro. He crashed during the recon of the course in Jerusalem and is seen riding around with wounds on the right side of his body.

By Siebe Kok



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