Giro d’Italia #1: Ben King our best on stage 1


Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) was fastest against the clock in today’s individual time trial. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) was second, followed by Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal).

The 101st Giro d’Italia got underway with an individual time trial in Jerusalem, Israel. Dennis (BCM) held on to first spot for the majority of the day, with a time of 12:04. Dumoulin (SUN), defending champion of the Maglia Rosa, was the last rider on the course and managed to edge out Rohan by 2 seconds. He will start tomorrow in the Maglia Rosa. Campenaerts (TLS) rounded off the podium.

For Team Dimension Data, Ben King was fastest, setting a time of 12:46, 44 seconds off the pace. He was the 13th fastest through the intermediate spilt and finished 31st. Ben O’Connor finished 45th.

Ben King- Rider
I had a really good intermediate spilt and it is the reason I am a little disappointed. I lost my contact at the start. It was folded over in my eye. I had to take the downhills slower. I panicked and over-paced on the hills. If I had gone 5 seconds slower in the first half, I could have gone 10, 20 seconds faster in the seconds over the whole course. Overall it was a good start, I was pretty nervous before the start. It’s really exciting to be here in Jerusalem, for the start of the Giro. I am glad to have it underway. I am a little disappointed to have made some mistakes on the course. I feel pretty good about the ride, with three weeks of racing ahead.