Tao Geoghegan Hart avoided serious injury and can bounce back from a disappointing third stage of the Giro d’Italia, Team Ineos Sports Director Nicolas Portal has said (100/1 to win outright).

The British rider crashed twice during an eventful and controversial stage, losing 88 seconds on 5/4 favourite Primoz Roglic, who currently leads the general classification by 19 seconds from Simon Yates.

Geoghegan Hart slipped to 57th in the standings, however Portal believes there is plenty of time to make it up and points to last year’s race as the perfect example.

“You have to think about last year with Chris Froome,” Portal said. “He did not lose his mind with the problems in the Giro. And then stage one of the Tour de France, he had a bad puncture, then he crashed and lost some time, and still finished third on the podium.

“Three weeks is a long race. These guys are super strong men and they are learning from the others and are quite tough. You will be a little bit disappointed in this moment but you would use this to be even more stronger in the end.”

The 24-year-old was lucky to escape with just cuts and bruises in the second crash, which unfortunately for him, and the rest of the riders affected, happened outside the 3km safety zone, and he will be ready to go for stage four.

“For sure there will be other opportunities because this is a three-week race. It’s a one-minute 30-second loss and that’s not much in the end. When you play for the overall you have to go through all the stages and in the first stages you have these tricky finishes,” Portal added.

Meanwhile, Fernando Gaviria was awarded the stage after Elia Viviani was controversially stripped of the win when race organisers adjudged he had swerved in front of the Colombian in the sprint for the line.

Odds subject to change