Jonathan Caicedo takes Etna stage three win as Thomas and Yates lose time at Giro d'Italia

The Ecuadorian champion survived the breakaway to take an impressive victory atop Mount Etna

Jonathan Caicedo wins stage three of the 2020 Giro d'Italia (Luca Bettini/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

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 12 minutes after crashing in the neutral zone at the start of the stage.

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