The 146 km parcour that joined Marostica and Rosa featured the fifth stage of the 2020 Giro d’Italia U23. The profile presented a predominantly flat course, but the local circuit had four category three climbs in just 50 kilometers. The first time 40 km leading to the first climb were totally flat, which led to the formation of the breakaway of the day with 3 riders. The peloton kept them under control at all times, and as they crested the first categorized climb of the day the gap was under the 1-minute mark.
Our Harrison Wood took the front of the bunch in the mid-part of the stage to keep everything under control and to ensure that the goal of the team, to finish in a bunch sprint, was accomplished. Once the last climb was done the peloton head quite fast towards the end, and a top job from Daan Hoole put Jordi Meeus in good position to sprint but the Belgian rider was just out-powered by one rider, seizing his second runner-up position in this year’s Giro d’Italia U23.
Tomorrow there’s another chance for the sprinters, and the team will work to deliver that win.
Jordi Meeus, second today:
“The plan today was to make it a bunch sprint, so the team did a great job trying to control. After the climbs on the local circuit, everything came back together, so it became a job of being well-position as the race was looking like a bunch sprint finish. Harrison Wood started to pull hard to chase the break upfront, and then it was just the main spriting scenario. Just waiting and staying in the front without trouble with Daan, and then he did a really good job to put me in prime position. It was a shame to be second again, because I do think that it would had been great for the team’s morale as well as mine’s, but tomorrow there’s another chance, the shape is good and we will give it a shot again”.