Giro d'Italia: Tom Dumoulin wins stage 1, Chris Froome out of the top 20

Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) made the perfect start to his Giro d’Italia defence, winning the stage 1 time trial in Jerusalem on Friday to put himself in the pink jersey and gain significant time on his general classification rivals.

The Dutchman clocked 12:02 on the rolling 9.7-kilometre course, beating Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) by two seconds. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) finished third on the stage, losing out to Dennis by a few hundredths of a second.

After his breakthrough Giro victory last year, the 2018 edition of the Corsa Rosa was billed as the first showdown between Dumoulin and four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Team Sky), and in the first exchange went the way of Dumoulin in emphatic style.

Froome crashed heavily while performing a recon of the course in the morning, and went on to set a disappointing time of 12:39, putting Dumoulin 37 seconds ahead after just one stage.

"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."

Froome was the only pink jersey contender considered capable of living with Dumoulin in the time trials - with a 34km test to come in the third week - but in the end he found himself down even on the lightweight climbing specialists.

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) showed his Paris-Nice time trial last month wasn't a one-off, clocking 12:22 to finish seventh on the stage. More surprising, still, was Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida) whose time of 12:29 equalled that of four-time time trial world champion Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin).

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) put in a solid enough ride - though some way short of what he's capable of - to be the next best of the GC riders, 33 seconds behind Dumoulin and six seconds ahead of Froome. Behind Froome there was Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) on 12:42, Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) on 12:48, George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) on 12:51, and Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) on 12:52, the Italian with a predictably weak showing that will force him to come good on his promise to go all-out attack in the final week.

Another podium contender to lose a chunk of time to Dumoulin was Miguel Angel Lopez. Like Froome, the Astana rider crashed in the recon and lost nearly a minute to Dumoulin - 12:58 was his time - though the Colombian climber was never expected to rival the time trial world champion here.

The hopes of Louis Meintjes (Dimension Data) and Michael Woods (EF-Drapac) took early blows as they finished on 13:10 and 13:04, respectively.

Dumoulin now leads the general classification by two seconds over Dennis and Campenaerts. The absence of sprinters in the upper echelons of the stage standings - bonus seconds are available on the following two flat stages - means Dumoulin should hold the maglia rosa all the way to Italy on Tuesday.

"We’re not planning on defending it every day - the Giro is still very long," said Dumoulin, cautiously. "It's nice to have it today but it's hard to keep it for the whole three weeks, so we'll see what we do about that."

How it unfolded

The drama had begun before the first rider had even begun warming up, as several riders hit the deck while performing a recon of the 9.7km Jerusalem course, which had been kept open to the heavy city centre traffic during the week. Froome and Lopez both suffered cuts and abrasions but took to the start, though the situation was more serious for Kanstantsin Siutsou (Bahrain-Merida), who fractured a vertebra and had to withdraw from the race.

Fabio Sabatini (Quick-Step Floors) was the first rider off the ramp at 13:50 local time, and while the Italian was first into the 'hotseat' of provisional leader, he was never going to stay there long. His teammate Remi Cavagna was the first real time trial specialist down the ramp and duly set the fastest time, but Dennis was also off in the first hour and would raise - or lower - the bar by 33 seconds.

Pello Bilbao (Astana) and Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) posted strong times, but the first worry for Dennis was Jose Goncalves (Katusha-Alpecin). The Portuguese rider was a shade faster at the intermediate checkpoint but faded in the latter part of the course, slipping to 10 seconds down.

Later in the afternoon some of the general classification contenders began to hit the start ramp. Pinot clocked 12:35, which was seventh fastest at the time, while Simon Yates and Pozzovivo, two traditionally weaker time triallists, produced impressive rides to enter the top 10.

As Fabio Aru and Froome set out on the course, pure time trial specialist Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Fix All), the European champion no less, produced a powerful ride and got everything out of his legs as he fought with the bike all the way to the line. He stopped the clock on 12:04, the same time as Dennis, but cruelly the hundredths of a second went against him. Meanwhile another specialist Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) could only manage another disappointing ride by his high standards.

The writing was on the wall for Froome at the intermediate checkpoint kilometre-5.1, the Tour de France and Vuelta a España champion finding himself 19 seconds down on Max Schachmann’s (Quick-Step) leading time, and 15 seconds down on Dennis. It wasn’t long before Dumoulin himself was there and the contrast couldn't have been more evident as the Dutchman - expressionless and flew through in 6:17, the fastest of the lot and four seconds up on Dennis.

Dennis had produced a steady opening half of his ride before finishing strong, so there was still hope, but Dumoulin would not fade. He did slip by a couple of seconds but held on to take back that pink jersey that he wore on the final day of last year’s race.

With doubts surrounding the 27-year-old’s shape - both physically and psychologically - ahead of his first Grand Tour as a former Grand Tour champion, he could hardly have hoped for a better start. For Froome, meanwhile, it could hardly have been much worse.

The 2018 Giro is only 9.7km old, but significant fault lines have already opened.





Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb0:12:02
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:02
3Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 2 - Cell 2
4José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:12
5Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:16
6Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:00:18
7Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:20
8Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors0:00:21
9Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:27
10Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team0:00:28
12Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:29
13Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:30
14Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:31
15Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Fix All0:00:32
16Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:33
17Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:00:34
18Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 17 - Cell 2
19Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJRow 18 - Cell 2
20Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors0:00:35
21Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:00:37
22Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:38
23Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:40
24Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 24 - Cell 2
26Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 25 - Cell 2
27Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team0:00:41
28Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:42
29Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 28 - Cell 2
30Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team0:00:43
31Benjamin King (USA) Dimension Data0:00:44
32Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jos van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 32 - Cell 2
34Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 33 - Cell 2
35Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:45
36Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 35 - Cell 2
37Sergio Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 36 - Cell 2
38Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:00:46
39Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 38 - Cell 2
40Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-ScottRow 39 - Cell 2
41Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:48
42Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team SunwebRow 41 - Cell 2
43George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:49
44Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 44 - Cell 2
46Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:00:50
47Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 46 - Cell 2
48Fausto Masnada (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:00:51
49Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 48 - Cell 2
50Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:52
51David De La Cruz (Spa) Team SkyRow 50 - Cell 2
52Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 51 - Cell 2
53Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:00:53
54Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 53 - Cell 2
55Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 54 - Cell 2
56Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:54
58Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott0:00:55
59Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:00:56
60Davide Villella (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Ryan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo0:00:57
63Jérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:59
64Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 63 - Cell 2
65Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 64 - Cell 2
66Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:00
67Andrea Vendrame (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 66 - Cell 2
68Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 67 - Cell 2
69Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:01
70Koen Bouwmam (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 69 - Cell 2
71Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar TeamRow 70 - Cell 2
72Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 71 - Cell 2
73Sam Bewley (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 72 - Cell 2
74Florian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors0:01:02
75Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 74 - Cell 2
76Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 75 - Cell 2
77Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-Segafredo0:01:03
78Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 77 - Cell 2
79Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 78 - Cell 2
80Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:04
81Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-ScottRow 80 - Cell 2
82Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:05
84Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 83 - Cell 2
85Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 84 - Cell 2
86Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates0:01:06
87Manuele Mori (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 86 - Cell 2
88Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 87 - Cell 2
89Marco Coledan (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:01:07
90Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:01:08
91Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 90 - Cell 2
92Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 91 - Cell 2
93Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 92 - Cell 2
94Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension DataRow 93 - Cell 2
95Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 94 - Cell 2
96Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step FloorsRow 95 - Cell 2
97Liam Bertazzo (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 96 - Cell 2
98Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:09
99Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 98 - Cell 2
100Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 99 - Cell 2
101Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 100 - Cell 2
102Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 101 - Cell 2
103Loïc Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Steve Morabito (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 103 - Cell 2
105Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:01:10
106Baptiste Planckaert (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:11
107Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 106 - Cell 2
108Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:12
109Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 109 - Cell 2
111William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 110 - Cell 2
112Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:13
113Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 112 - Cell 2
114Davide Ballerini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 113 - Cell 2
115Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 114 - Cell 2
116Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team0:01:14
117Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 116 - Cell 2
118Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:15
119Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 118 - Cell 2
120Boy van Poppel (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 119 - Cell 2
121Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott0:01:16
122Elia Viviani (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:01:17
123Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 122 - Cell 2
124Rodolfo Torres (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:01:18
125Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe0:01:19
126Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 125 - Cell 2
127Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:20
128Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 127 - Cell 2
129Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 128 - Cell 2
130Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:01:21
131Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) BMC Racing TeamRow 130 - Cell 2
132Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:22
133Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension Data0:01:23
134Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 133 - Cell 2
135Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:24
136Alex Turrin (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle ItaliaRow 135 - Cell 2
137Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 136 - Cell 2
138Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data0:01:25
139Svein Tuft (Can) Mitchelton-ScottRow 138 - Cell 2
140Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 139 - Cell 2
141Lars Bak (Den) Lotto Fix AllRow 140 - Cell 2
142Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 141 - Cell 2
143Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:26
144Jacopo Mosca (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:01:27
145Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-JumboRow 144 - Cell 2
146Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:28
147Paolo Simion (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:30
148François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 147 - Cell 2
149Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:31
150Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 149 - Cell 2
151Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:33
152Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 151 - Cell 2
153Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:01:36
154Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 153 - Cell 2
155Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:01:38
156Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Fix All0:01:39
157Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:41
158Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:01:43
159Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 158 - Cell 2
160Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-SidermecRow 159 - Cell 2
161Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Fix All0:01:44
162Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:45
163Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 162 - Cell 2
164Manuel Senni (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 163 - Cell 2
165Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:46
166Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Fix All0:01:49
167Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 166 - Cell 2
168Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:50
169Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:51
170Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:01:54
171Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:01:56
172Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Israel Cycling Academy0:01:59
173Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:10
174Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott0:02:35
175Andrea Guardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:02:44
DNSKanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 175 - Cell 2
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb15pts
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team12Row 1 - Cell 3
3Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Fix All9Row 2 - Cell 3
4José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida1Row 9 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb6pts
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team5Row 1 - Cell 3
3Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Fix All4Row 2 - Cell 3
4José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin3Row 3 - Cell 3
5Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin2Row 4 - Cell 3
6Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team1Row 5 - Cell 3
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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Team Sunweb0:00:33
3Lotto Fix All0:00:39
4BMC Racing Team0:00:41
6Astana Pro TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Movistar Team0:00:51
8Quick-Step Floors0:00:52
9UAE Team Emirates0:00:56
11Team Sky0:01:07
14Dimension Data0:01:39
15LottoNl-JumboRow 14 - Cell 2
16EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:41
17AG2R La Mondiale0:01:42
18Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec0:01:49
20Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia0:02:19
21Bardiani CSF0:02:52
22Israel-Cycling Academy0:03:22
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General classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb0:12:02
2Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:00:02
3Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Lotto Fix AllRow 2 - Cell 2
4José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:12
5Alex Dowsett (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:16