World News – GB – Giro d’Italia 2020, verdict of the third stage: Geraint Thomas’ hopes of victory end with a disastrous day


The dream of the rider Ineos Grenadiers went up in smoke on the slopes of Etna – and once again in the cruelest of fashions

It was billed as the first explosive test of this Giro d’Italia; a first chance for the big contenders in the general classification to exchange blows on Etna

In the end, the real eruption took place in the neutralized zone, before the race even started

A truly disastrous day for the two British Giro hopefuls ended with pre-race favorite Geraint Thomas undergoing x-rays in hospital after cutting a dishonest water bottle slipping along the road within 200 meters of opening of the third stage His compatriot and favorite pre-race mate Simon Yates, meanwhile, lost more than two minutes to his overall rivals after suffering the final climb with an as yet unexplained problem

At least Yates is still in contention Thomas’ dream on the Giro is in smoke after only three days And again in the cruelest of fashions

Two years ago, on his first big tour as a leader, Thomas was shot dead in a freak accident involving a police motorcycle on the ninth stop at Blockhaus This time it’s a wandering canister Bahrain- McLaren skidding along the road in the neutralized zone that made for him

There were a few bottles slipping – the pavements in southern Italy are notoriously bumpy and although the neutralized area was supposed to be taken slowly, the peloton was passing through the town of Enna, with a few cans bouncing around out of their cages – and Thomas couldn’t avoid this one

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The 34-year-old skidded, rolled over and landed heavily on his hip, sliding about 10 meters along the ground before coming to a stop

While he was quickly back on his bike and back in the peloton, and although early feedback was positive, the 2018 Tour de France champion was in immediate trouble as the pace picked up in the last 20 kilometers He ultimately lost over nine minutes in the ascent of Etna and was clearly uncomfortable with his suit torn on the left side

It was cruel luck Thomas had arrived at this Giro in good shape, finishing second behind Yates at last month’s Tirreno-Adriatico and fourth in the time trial of the recent world championships It was only on Friday that he was happy to assume the status of favorite in the race, admitting that he was confident he would be « there or so » at the finish.

Some would no doubt say that bad luck tends to follow Thomas everywhere The Welshman has certainly had more than his share of accidents in his career His former UK academy manager John Herety told him to « tidy up Superman’s cape « He fought to get rid of that stigma and was very unlucky here

Where one door closes, another opens Tao Geoghegan Hart, teammate of Thomas Ineos Grenadiers, is now likely to assume the management of the team The young Briton is 24th overall, 3min12sec back on the new race leader Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Yates is one place and 34 seconds behind Geoghegan Hart after coming home 4min22sec on Monday’s stage winner Jonathan Caicedo of EF Pro Cycling

Yates, who flew in Tirreno-Adriatico and was one of the favorites for the stage, after taking the pink the last time the Giro climbed Mount Etna, was left behind with 10 kilometers of climb to go He arrived at the top with his shirt completely unzipped, despite the bad weather, suggesting he may have overheated

« It’s a long race » was all sporting director Matt White was saying « Everyone is having a bad day Unfortunately for us it’s early in the race We’re just going to approach things from a perspective different now We were looking to come forward with some first mountain stages and a time trial Now we come from behind « 

Yates, who ruled the Giro for 13 days in 2018, certainly still has a chance There are huge mountains ahead in week three where anyone having a day off like he did on Monday could ship some serious time

There are also two time trials to come, with Yates showing in stage one that he has the advantage over many other GC contenders in the time trial. But it was a disastrous day for the two British hopefuls – and for the Giro in general

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