Stevie Williams finishes the Giro U23 in fifth overall
The tenth and last day of the Giro d’Italia U23 featured a double stage day that was set to decide the overall classification. The morning stage joined the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene with a 72 km long loop. The parcour was mostly flat with a second category climb placed 25 kilometers away from the finish line. A 6-man breakaway got clear from the bunch shortly after the stage began and the main group brought back the last two riders of that group with just 8 kilometers to go. The part leading to the bunch sprint was a hectic one and some of the GC favorites were involved in a late crash which caused some changes in the overall classification. Williams, who started the day in sixth overall moved up to third ahead of the final time trial. 

The 10-day stage race was set to be decided in a final 22 km long time trial that finished atop of a one-kilometer long hill that featured slopes of more than 15% gradient. The race against the clock presented a different format as the Top 15 overall raced in a kind of a pursuit race, being separated by their GC gaps. The Academy riders proved their strong condition after 10 stages and Edorado Affini (fifth), Stephen Williams (12th) and Jan Maas (13th) rode into the Top 15, with the Welsh climber taking fifth overall in the general classification and the Dutch rider 15th. 

We wrap up the longest and hardest race of the calendar with two stage wins, two days with the Maglia Rosa and two riders in the first 15 positions overall, but above all proud of a group of riders who have shown a great fighting and team spirit day in day out.