Geraint Thomas' Giro d'Italia bid goes up in smoke after dramatic early stage 3 crash

Geraint Thomas rides behind his Ineos teammates
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Geraint Thomas’ promising bid for the overall of the Giro d’Italia went up in smoke on Mount Etna on Monday after the Welshman suffered a spectacular early crash on stage 3, injuring his left leg and then lost over 12 minutes on the race’s first major summit finish.

A roadside fan’s video showed the bunch speeding down a broad city centre boulevard, with a number of bidons bouncing across the road after the peloton bumped over a culvert. The video panned around to catch Thomas hitting the bidon with his rear wheel and losing control before crashing on the right hand side of the street.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.