Tom Dumoulin takes time on Chris Froome

According to cyclingnews, Froome has not suffered any serious damage and a full update will be issued later today.

Froome's sample showed elevated levels of asthma drug salbutamol, but the 32-year-old has insisted he is not guilty of any wrongdoing.

"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.

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

But as Froome came towards the end of his ride, Dumoulin came through the first checkpoint at the same time as Dennis before finding two second to beat him to the pink jersey after day one.

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Tour de France champion Chris Froome, who cut and grazed his right knee in a crash during the course reconnaissance earlier on Friday, was a distant 21st.

And the fact that a trio of climbers - New Zealand's George Bennett, Italian Fabio Aru and Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez - who also crashed whilst checking the course, are only just behind would not have been part of the plan.

The second stage Saturday will see the riders start in the northern port city of Haifa and ride 167 kilometres south along the coast to the finish in Tel Aviv.

After the first three stages of the race moves to Italy.

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