Tom Dumoulin wins Stage 1 time trial taking the pink jersey

Chris Froome doping case is ‘taking too long’ says Giro d’Italia race chief			
				 
   by Gavin Brown 
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Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli is the patroness (madrina) Israeli stages of the race "Giro d'italia", which starts today in Jerusalem, according to the official Twitter of the competition.

However, Froome is fine after the crash and is expected to participate in Friday afternoon's time trial, a Team Sky representative confirmed to ESPN.

"The negotiations with Team Sky took place before the Giro presentation so, within a correct relationship, I would have expected to be informed - so I really didn't like this", said Vengi.

With so much talk about his adverse test for asthma drug salbutamol at last year's Vuelta and whether he should even be here, the start of the race was meant to bring some respite.

The world time-trial champion now knows he should be able to put serious amounts of time into all his rivals for the general classification in the Giro's second time-trial, a longer, flatter effort at the start of the third week on May 22.

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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.

Astana team leader Miguel Angel Lopez also crashed in training but the Colombian will compete as well.

The 167-kilometre second stage on Saturday (Sunday NZT) will whizz down the Mediterranean coast from Haifa to Tel Aviv.

The Dutchman is the first rider since Paolo Savoldelli back in 2005-06 to win the first stage of the race as defending champion.

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