Britain’s Geraint Thomas is out of contention for the Giro d’Italia after losing more than 12 minutes on stage three to Mount Etna.
The Ineos Grenadiers rider, 34, crashed correct sooner than the starting up after a drinks bottle changed into lodged beneath his front wheel.
Fellow Briton and lunge common Simon Yates of Michelton-Scott lost more than four minutes.
The stage became received by EF Pro Biking’s Jonathan Caicedo.
Deceuninck-Like a flash Step’s Joao Almeida now wears the leader’s crimson jersey, even though he is tied on time with Caicedo.
What came about to Thomas and Yates?
Thomas – Tour de France champion in 2018 – and Yates had been the two strongest contenders to purchase this yr’s Giro, which promised to be a strive in opposition to of two riders coming into make.
As a change, it became a glum day for both because the rain fell in the dramatic surrounds of Etna’s dried dim lava flows.
Welshman Thomas crashed at some stage in the neutralised zone sooner than the starting up of the mountainous stage up to Sicily’s volcano.
He looked as if it would possibly maybe most likely well be utilizing comfortably despite badly torn kit and landing on his hip.
However Thomas slipped support from the peloton about 25km from the pause of the stage.
Ineos even sacrificed the leader’s crimson jersey, taking lunge leader Filippo Ganna support to are trying to abet Thomas rep greater.
Thomas became third in the final classification sooner than the stage, 26 seconds earlier than Yates in eighth.
Soon after Thomas’ loss of life, Yates began to recede in an identical diagram, slipping support from a swiftly peloton.
Yates had proven stable make in the lead-up to the Giro, successful final month’s Tirreno-Adriatico warm-up lunge just a few seconds earlier than Thomas, who became also recovering make after being no longer smartly-known of the Tour de France.
With 18 days of racing excellent, Thomas is 11 minutes 17 seconds down in the final classification, while Yates has a deficit of 3mins 46secs.
This would possibly well also merely be a bitter disappointment for Ineos, who had a gross Tour campaign by their requirements after defending champion Egan Bernal abandoned the lunge when he lost seven minutes to leaders on stage 15. The team had received every Tour since 2015 till final month.
Thomas will most likely be assessed by the team’s medical personnel and a decision made on whether he have to aloof continue in the lunge from Tuesday’s 140km elope stage from Catania to Villafranca Tirrena.
Ineos would possibly well also merely selected to point of interest their overall classification targets on Tao Geoghegan Hart, who’s their highest-positioned rider at 3mins 19secs off the lead.
The highest-positioned British rider is Deceuninck-Like a flash Step’s James Knox, at 1min 40secs in the support of.
“It is aloof an extended Giro,” acknowledged Ineos sport director Matteo Tosatto. “We have Filippo and Rohan [Dennis] with some correct potentialities in the time trials and we even have [Jonathan] Castro[viejo] and Tao utilizing effectively. We are going to purchase stock tonight and watch at our ability for the leisure of the lunge.”
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The Shark smells blood
As competitors sensed danger for both riders the perambulate of the peloton picked up, with two-time winner Vincenzo Nibali’s Stride-Segafredo team taking up at the front.
Despite a stray Labrador almost knocking several riders off their bikes sooner than the final 19km climb up to Etna, hundreds of the excellent team leaders made support time.
Steven Kruijswijk of Jumbo-Visma, Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang, Bora-Hansgrohe’s Rafal Majka and Nibali – nicknamed the Shark of Messina – all recovered time lost after wretched time trials on stage one.
Sicilian Nibali, 35, is now one of many favourites at 55 seconds in the support of Almeida.
Stage 3 result
1. Jonathan Caicedo (European/EF Pro Biking) 4 hours 02 minutes 33 seconds
2. Giovanni Visconti (Ita/Vini Zabu-KTM) +21secs
3. Anxiousness Vanhoucke (Bel/Lotto-Soudal) +30secs
4. Wilco Keldermann (Ned/Sunweb) +39secs
5. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana) +51secs
6. Rafal Majka (Pol/Bora-Hansgrohe) identical time
7. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Stride-Segafedo) identical time
8. Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa/Ineos Grenadiers) identical time
9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/NTT) identical time
10. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +56secs
31. Simon Yates (GB/Michelton-Scott) +4mins 22secs
69. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +12mins 19secs
1. Joao Almeida (Por/Deceuninck-Like a flash Step) 7 hours 44 minutes 25 seconds
2. Jonathan Caicedo (European/EF Pro Biking) identical time
3. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Bahrain-McLaren) +37secs
4. Wilco Keldermann (Ned/Sunweb) +42secs
5. Anxiousness Vanhoucke (Bel/Lotto-Soudal) +53secs
6. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/Stride-Segafedo) +55secs
7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/NTT) +59secs
8. Brandon McNulty (USA/UAE-Crew Emirates) +1min 11secs
9. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana) +1min 13secs
10. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +1min 15secs
25. Simon Yates (GB/Michelton-Scott) +3mins 46secs
53. Geraint Thomas (GB/Ineos Grenadiers) +11mins 17secs