Edoardo Affini, Italian style, WorldTour level.
What about him?
After two difficult years as U23 in Italy, Affini joined the Academy in 2017 in order to make the next step and get ready to jump to the professional ranks.
How did he perform?
In his first year at the Academy, Affini already achieved some notable results in time trials (4th in the U23 European Championships and 8th in the U23 Worlds), and week-long stage races (6th overall in Olympia’s Tour), but it was the working base and the individualized training plan what build his engine for an unforgettable 2018.
All the hours on the saddle and the work alongside the Academy scientists to keep on improving his position on the time trial bike, had its silver lining as the Italian youngster sized a total of five wins which included the opening prologue of the U23 Giro d’Italia, the Mediterranean Games TT, the U23 European TT Championships alongside the Double Crown in the U23 Italian Nationals. A fourth place in late September at the U23 World Championships TT was just another confirmation that Edo’s future belonged to the WorldTour.
What was next after the Academy?
The regularity and the well-doing of our Italian TT specialist made him a hotshot for the best teams in the world. Despite the interest of numerous teams, Edoardo Affini signed for Mitchelton-Scott in a 2-year deal. The Australian-based squad offered him a tailor-made development program alongside some of the best mentors he could have, with the aim of taking the most of his cycling skills. Already in his first year Affini took a stage win in the Tour of Norway before destroying the field in the Tour of Britain’s time trial, where he was the fastest. After winning the U23 European TT title last year, Edo powered to third in his first Elite participation in 2019. After two years there, Edo moved to Jumbo Visma on a three-year deal. That project allowed him to step up as a rider in the classics but mainly when racing against the clock. Edo hit the ground running and he has been collecting very strong results for the team, including three podium finishes in Giro d’Italia stages and also being a red jersey wearer at La Vuelta.