The Giro d’Italia U23 kicked off today with a fast and short prologue around the streets of Forli, that will host tomorrow’s start as well. The 4,4 km was the first contact with the 10-day long race, which will see the bunch facing a really tough parcour. Today’s course was made for strong and powerful riders, and that is the terrain that our Edoardo Affini excels. The 21-year old Italian, who was fourth in the U23 European Championships TT and eighth in the U23 World Championships TT last season, completed the prologue in less than five minutes (4’58”) powering to the stage win, becoming the first maglia rosa wearer of the race and seizing his first victory of the season. Ide Schelling and Daan Hoole put on a good performance as well, with both Dutch riders taking ninth and 19th in the day. The first road racing action will start tomorrow with a 137,7 km long stage with a third category climb placed 20 km away from the finish line.
Edoardo Affini, first maglia rosa of the 2018 Giro d’Italia U23:
“It was a really fast parcour, so it was all about riding at the highest speed possible. I went into the prologue without thinking much about it, just focussing on going full gas for the whole thing. For me, it is really amazing to wear such a special jersey. For us Italians it is a dream come true to be able to race with the Maglia Rosa, so I am over the moon right now!”