The infamous stage with a final climb that went over 30 km was on today at the Giro d’Italia U23. The breakaway took off a bit faster than the past stages and quickly five riders opened a gap to the main group. The leaders worked together and increased the gap to well over three minutes and held off two chasers who jumped from the peloton but never made it to the front of the race. In the meantime, all our riders stayed safe near the front of the bunch.
Once the climbs started, our Marco Frigo and Harrison Wood were put in proper position within the bunch. Both climbers stayed with the Maglia Rosa group well into the hard slopes of the Lago di Campo Moro. However, the contact was lost once the stage-winning attacks started to take place. Tomorrow the bunch will roll off to the eighth stage of the race, with two categorized climbs within the 115 km stage.
Harrison Wood, looks back to what it was a hard day out:
“It was a very hard stage all around. A lot of elevation meters together with tough weather conditions was a strong hurdle to overcome. The team rode well to put Marco (Frigo) and myself in a good position going onto each climb of the day, and that allowed me to be in a proper position when it came to the final climb. It was a tough one, but it gives me confidence for the coming stages”.