Fighting as the only way of riding

The last day of racing at the Giro valle d’Aosta held an action packed 100 km stage for the riders. The short and explosive ride featured up to 3 categorized climbs. Due to the toughness of the race we only had two riders in the start line of today’s stage, but that did not cut back the team’s fighting spirit and both, Edoardo Affini and Hartthijs de Vries, were part of the 16-man breakaway. Our Italian rider was the first at the top of the 3rd category climb, in his third day in the break in just four stages. 

The short distance of the stage led to a very fast day and the pace was high from the very start, with the leading group’s gap staying over the four minutes for a while. The breakaway got together to the foot of the last climb of the day, but hard slopes of it quickly reduced the group to a few units with the just eventual stage winner coming from that early move. 

Overall, it was a really hard race for our riders not only in the physical aspect but also in the mental. We are proud to see how they overcame all those issues and stayed focus in the race, giving their best and pushing their limits.