Last Updated: 05/10/20 11: 48pm
Geraint Thomas noticed his Giro d’Italia hopes put out by a stray water bottle plus Simon Yates faltered badly because the British challenge took a battering on Mount Etna.
Jonathan Caicedo won stage 3 from a breakaway, narrowly missing out on the particular leader’s pink jersey which shifted to the shoulders of Joao Almeida, but the biggest moves in the common classification came as Thomas plus Yates, the two main pre-race likes, slid out the back.
Thomas was felled before the banner had even dropped to start the particular 150km stage from Enna, operating over a stray bidon that folded across the road and landing seriously on his left side.
He initially looked untroubled above some rips in his jersey when he got back in the peloton, but when the particular pace was ignited on the method of Etna, Thomas was soon distanced as it became obvious he had been carrying hidden injuries.
Ineos Grenadiers team-mates Rohan Dennis and Filippo Ganna, the latter nevertheless in pink after his starting stage win, did their best in order to pace him back but it had been clear this was a losing trigger and by the summit of the volcano he had shipped more than 12 moments.
Thomas experienced scans in the evening and will be assessed upon Tuesday morning before stage 4.
Ineos doctor Phil Riley said: “Geraint crashed in the left side, so he required a significant blow to the back associated with his left hip and he has its own abrasions on his left arm and lower-leg. After the stage he was used for x-rays at the finish.
“The initial x-rays failed to show anything broken, but we have been awaiting confirmation in the morning. We will deal with him tonight, continue to monitor your pet and then review it in the morning once again. ”
It is a lot more rotten luck for Thomas within the Giro after his 2017 bet for glory was effectively finished by a crash with a police motorcycle on stage nine.
Just like the gap to Thomas started to yawn on the 19km climb towards the finish, there was more bad information for British fans as Yates dropped out of the back of the peloton while attacks were lighting up in front.
Two years ago Yates took pink on this volcano yet this time his hopes took exactly what could be a fatal blow as he toiled up the steep slopes, crossing the queue more than four minutes down right after Caicedo celebrated victory to drop in order to 25th place, three minutes plus 46 seconds down.
Deceuninck-QuickStep’s James Knox is now the very best placed Briton, one minute 40 straight down in 16th place, while Thomas’ team-mate Tao Geoghegan Hart will be 24th, three minutes 12 secs off pink.
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