Evans rides to 18th in the first mountain test at the Giro d’Italia U23
After a really bad day marked by the crashes of some of our riders, the Giro d’Italia U23 headed towards its first mountaintop finish of the 2019 edition. Sadly, Kaden Groves could not heal up properly from yesterday’s crash and he did not start the stage in order to fully do so. 

Today’s stage feature 140 km and over 4000 m of climbing, including a final 13-km climb. The race was off to a fast start with several riders trying to make it up the road. It was hard for the peloton to keep control, as there was a moment in which a group of around 30 riders got away, with our flag being represented by Alex Evans and Ide Schelling. However, the big group was eventually brought back and the breakaway of the day was featured by 3 riders, who a maximum advantage to the peloton of over 5 minutes. 

The pace was held high by the main group, but our Alex Evans and Ide Schelling resited there for most of the climb, with our Australian riders rolling to the line in a Top 20 position (18th). It has been a tough four days of racing and tomorrow the Giro d’Italia U23 will enjoy a well-deserved day off, in which our riders will recharge batteries in order to face the upcoming stages, starting with a mountaintop finish on Thursday.