Williams moves to fourth overall after stage four
Today’s stage featured the first mountaintop finish of the 2018 Giro d’Italia U23. The Passo Maniva, a first category climb, awaited for the riders with slopes that overcome the 15%. The race was off to a fast start, but eventually a 9-man group broke clear of the main group and formed the breakaway of the day.

The bunch allowed them close to seven minutes before they picked up the pace. In the slopes of the first categorized climb our riders moved to the front of the group and set the pace towards the last and decisive mountain. Bad luck was on the side of Edoardo Affini as he lost contact with the main group shortly before the Passo Maniva due to a puncture. In the final climb Stephen Williams was always well-supported by his teammates Jan Maas and Ide Schelling who put the Ronde de l’Isard winner in a good position coming into the final kilometers of the race. The race exploded in the closing part with our Welshman taking a hard-fought sixth place in the day.

Thanks to today’s efforts Stephen Williams moves up to fourth place in the overall classification, just 18 seconds shy from the Maglia Rosa. Another hard day will be in the menu tomorrow as the peloton will face two category one climbs within the last 50 km, finishing at the top of Dimaro Folgarido, where another showdown between the GC contenders is expected.

Stevie Williams, sits now in fourth overall:
“My main target coming into the Giro U23 was GC, but I’m a racer so stage wins also appeal to me. I’m happy with how today went, I always get nervous before the first mountain stage as you want to know how you’re going and what your form is like but the team did a great job, looking after me all day and that let me save as much energy as possible. I look forward to the coming days and hopefully we can get some nice results along the way and maintain a good GC position”.