Marco ‘Tricolore’ Frigo. 

What about him? 
Marco joined the Academy as a second-year U23 after taking the Italian scene by storm in his first year. As a talented climber and a punchy rider, he took the win in the U23 Italian Road Race Nationals and secured the Best Young Rider Jersey at the Giro del Veneto. Such a presentation card made it clear that we were talking about a rider with a massive engine.  
How did he perform?
The Covid-19 pandemic shortened his list of goals for 2020, but when the cycling season was resumed he showed that he stayed true to his work ethic and kept improving. In the Sazka Tour, against a really strong field of WorldTour riders, he was second in the Best Young Rider classification. Sadly a crash took him out of the Giro d’Italia U23, but he bounced back to a solid performance at Ronde de l’Isard without being at 100%. The following season Marco showed that he made a step forward in his development. He did a very good Giro d’ITalia U23, with some Top 10 in stages, he proved that he was making strides forward in his time trialing with a silver medal in the U23 Italian TT nationals. His season was capped off with an 11th place at the Tour de l’Avenir, sixth place in Flanders Tomorrow Tour and a solo stage win at the Ronde de l’Isard, proving once again that he belonged to a higher level. 
What was next after the Academy?
After his stint at the Academy he made the side step to the development team of Israel Premier Tech with his eyes set on the WorldTour. He was part of the first team from the start and combined it with races at U23 level. A second place at Trofeo Piva, a stage win in Circuit des Ardennes, Top 10 overall at Alpes Isère Tour and a fourth place in Valle d’Aosta, were more than enough to secure a two-year deal with the WorldTour squad starting in 2023.