Aosta recap; Adam Hartley takes second overall
Over the weekend we wrapped up the 2019 edition of the Giro Ciclistico valle d’Aosta. Two high-altitude mountain stages awaited the peloton as the final showdown of the race came to display. Saturday’s stage featured a total of four categorized climbs including three first category ones in the last 40 km of the stage. Great teamwork kept Adam Hartley always in the main group and the British climber could roll to the line in tenth position, which kept his second position in the general classification save with one day to go. 

The final day around the Italian Alps presented a short and explosive stage, with two climbs but the finish one was almost 30 km long. Once again, the Academy squad worked hard to position Hartley and to fight for his GC ambitions and it turned out great as the UK-born cyclist was able to finish with the group of favorites just a handful of seconds down on the stage winner. His smart way of riding in the last two days of racing together with a great fitness condition allowed the 20-year year old to clinch second place in the GC classification. 

We can look back to a great edition of the race, as we started with a close call in the prologue as Daan Hoole fell less than a second short on the win. The following day Ide Schelling took the win after a long-range attack, which allowed him to take the yellow jersey for a day. 

Our next race will be the Tour d’Alsace, starting the 31st of June.