Much has been made of EF Pro Cycling’s marketing prowess at this year’s Giro d’Italia, and now they have a result to match, as Jonathan Caicedo won from the day’s breakaway atop Mount Etna, holding off the overall contenders as the GC battle erupted behind.
It was perfect weather for ducks as Caicedo dropped Giovanni Visconti, his final companion from the escape, and the heavens opened on the active volcano, the Italian Grand Tour already firing on all cylinders as Geraint Thomas dropped out of GC contention before the climb. By the end of the day, he had lost more than 10 minutes after crashing in the neutral zone at the start of the stage.
Simon Yates was also then dropped on the climb, shipping three minutes as Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Steven Kruijswijk all finished together.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s João Almeida, who finished second in the opening time trial, is the new race leader by the slimmest of margins, having finished just over a minute down on Caicedo, who is now second overall on the same time as Almeida.
Results and race report to follow…
Giro d’Italia 2020 stage three: Enna to Etna (150km)
1. Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Pro Cycling, in 4-02-33
2. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Vini Zabù – KTM, at 21 seconds
3. Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, in 30s
4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb, at 39s
5. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana, 51s
6. Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
7. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
8. Jonathan Castroviejo (Esp) Ineos
9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT, all at same time
10. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma, at 56s
31. Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, at 4-22
69. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos, at 12-19
General classification after stage three
1. João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck – Quick-Step, in 7-44-25
2. Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Pro Cycling, at same time
3. Pello Bilbao (Esp) Bahrain-McLaren, at 37 seconds
4. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Sunweb, at 42s
5. Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, at 53s
6. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo, at 55s
7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) NTT, at 59s
8. Brandon McNulty (USA) UAE Team Emirates, at 1-11
9. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana, at 1-13
10. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
25. Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott, at 3-46
53. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos, at 11-17