Once again we had only three riders at the start of today’s stage three at the Giro valle d’Aosta. But that setback did not stop our guys to try to be aggressive and be part of the queen stage of the race. In the first climb of the day a group of seven riders broke clear of the pack, with Edo Affini in it. Our strong Italian rider is showing his mental toughness and his combativity as today was his second day in the break in just three road stages, and thanks to his third place in the intermediate sprint he remains second overall in the points classification.
The peloton allowed the 7-man group a large gap that went close to eight minutes, but the pace was picked up once the bunch was approaching the last two climbs of the day. Once the main pack hit the slopes of the race started to broke into pieces as a lot of attacking went by among the favorites and that did not cease all the way up the Breuil-Cervina climb.
Today’s stage featured close to 5000 ascent meters which lead our first year U23, Ide Schelling, to drop out the stage. The Dutch rider has been pushing his mental and physical limits beyond belief in this race, and that will be a valuable experience in his development as great bike rider.
Last chance for us tomorrow as we will close down the race with an action packed 100km long stage, that will include three categorized climbs.