After yesterday’s prologue, the 172 km long parcour between Quassolo and Scalaro featured the first road stage of the Giro valle d’Aosta. Four categorized climbs awaited the riders throughout the hilly parcour, with the first one right after the start. It was there where the breakaway of the day was formed, at the end it was 12 riders the ones entering that cut including our Edo Affini. The strong Italian rider won the second sprint of the day and now sits in second place in the points classification tied with the overall race leader.
That group was allowed close to five minutes by the main pack, before the speed was picked up and the gap started to fall. With the peloton chasing the break, bad luck was on the side of Stevie Williams as he crashed but safely returned to the group. Once the bunch hit the first slopes of the final climb of the day, the Scalaro, the race broke into pieces. The following 12 km held a 9% average gradient which made it very difficult for the peloton to stay together, with the winning rider eventually coming to the line solo.
Let’s try it again tomorrow!