Hectic day and fast day in the Giro d’Italia U23
After yesterday’s amazing prologue, where three Academy riders ended up within the Top 20 of the day and Edo Affini took the win and the first Maglia Rosa, it was the turn of the first road stage. The parcour between Riccione and Forli saw the bunch complete a total of 137 km, including two categorized climbs. The flat course caused a really fast start before a group of five riders breaking clear of the large group. 

The main group allowed close to five minutes to the break before picking up the pace towards the second and last categorized climb, placed 20 km away from the finish line. The hectic approach caused a big crash in the bunch, with our Thymen Arensman and Daan Hoole being caught in it. While Hoole could get on the bike again and ride his way to the finish line, Arensman was forced to quit because of a broken collarbone. The race and the attacks did not stop, with the main group bringing the last move back just 2 km away from the finish line. The Maglia Rosa for the day, Edo Affini rolled safely in the reduced group alongside Maas, Williams, and Schelling, but due to the bonus seconds in the finish line he had to give away the pink jersey.

Tomorrow’s stage will finish up in Sestola, with the second half of the stage going constantly uphill. With two stages in the legs we currently have Edoardo Affini in third overall, three seconds away from the race lead, Ide Schelling nine seconds shy and Jan Maas and Ronde de l’Isard Winner, Stevie Williams sixteen seconds down. Thanks to the efforts of the whole team, we are second placed in the team’s classification. 

We wish a fast and safe recovery to Thymen Arensman, who will be back on the bike in no time.