Adam Hartley moves to second on GC
Today’s stage at the Giro Ciclistico Valle d’Aosta featured a total of four categorized climbs in which was the longest run in this year’s race. The race was kicked off in a fast way as several attempts to make it out the road marked the first part of the stage. At the end, it was a group of 12 riders the ones distancing the bunch and making it to the breakaway of the day. 

We started the day with Adam Hartley (third) and Ide Schelling (fourth) in the first placements of the general classification, so we relied on teamwork to keep our position. After more than 100 km in the books, it was our Daan Hoole, who powered to second in the opening prologue, who took the head of the peloton in between climbs bringing down the gap by more than a minute and a half. Then it was the turn of former Hungarian Champion and future Mitchelton Scott rider, Barnabás Peák, to drive the train in the first part of the climb before Alex Evans took over for more than 7 km straight on. 

Adam Hartley could survive with the best of the race and rolled to the line in 13th place, which allowed him to move up one place in GC, with teammate Ide Schelling in sixth. Such a strong performance puts the Academy in the first place of the team classification with 2 days to go.