Simon Yates forced into 'limiting losses' after suffering through Giro d'Italia's first mountain test

The British rider was unable to hack the pace of the other GC contenders on Mount Etna

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Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) had to switch from eyeing a stage win to limiting his time losses on the Giro d'Italia stage three to Mount Etna.

The Briton set out to take victory on the Giro's first summit finish, near where he and Esteban Chaves had been so successful two years ago. While his team-mates were active in controlling the peloton through large parts of the stage, they were put on the defensive as Yates appeared to crack on the climb with 9km to go as the other GC contenders upped the pace.

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Richard Windsor

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