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Hopes of Giro d'Italia victory over for Geraint Thomas after Stage 3 crash

Joe Robinson
5 Oct 2020

Welshman dropped before Mount Etna after crash in neutral zone

The pink jersey hopes of Geraint Thomas are all but over after the Ineos Grenadier rider crashed in the neutralised zone of Stage 3 of the Giro d'Italia

The Welshman's crash was reported at the beginning of the day but seemed to be fairly innocuous. He hit the floor before the race had even begun while the peloton was rolling through the neutralised zone in the Sicilian town of Enna.

Footage from a roadside spectator caught the moment Thomas's wheel hit a stray bidon causing the rider to lose control of the bike, falling hard onto his left hip.

The official start of the stage was then extended by a few further kilometres to allow Thomas back into the bunch before the racing began.

For 124km of the day's stage finishing on Mount Etna, Thomas then sat comfortably near the front of the peloton behind his team.

Yet with 26km left to race and before the start of Mount Etna, Thomas was then spotted being dropped from the rear of the peloton, flanked by race leader and teammate Filippo Ganna. Fellow Ineos rider Ben Swift also dropped back to help Thomas before riding back up to the peloton.

From the television cameras, rips to the left side of Thomas's jersey and shorts were visible although there was no real sign of significant road rash.

It was then reported by Italian broadcaster RAI that Thomas had crashed for a second time just before he was dropped however this was unconfirmed.

By the start of the Etna climb, Thomas had already lost a minute to the main peloton looking to be in visible discomfort.

Thomas eventually finished the stage to Mount Etna 12 minutes adrift from stage winner Jonathan Caicedo of Education First and 11 minutes down on the group of General Classification contenders.