Williams stays third on GC after a really tough day
Today’s stage presented a 120 km long, which featured two categorized climbs within the last 50 kilometers of the day. The parcour between Dimaro Folgarida and Pergine Valsugana presented the easiest stage on paper, but the high pace and the tireless attacking made it one of the hardest of the 2018 Giro d’Italia U23. 

Following the trend of every stage in the race, the bunch was off to a really fast start which made the peloton stay as one unit until more than 50 km. The pace was really high all day long, so the main group was quickly down to a reduced group of riders until four of them broke clear of the group. The Maglia Rosa of the race, Stevie Williams, had the support of Ide Schelling and Jan Maas who started pulling in the front of the group, trying to bring back the 4-man group and keep the leader’s jersey on the shoulders of our Welsh climber. The gap was stabilized at the 2-minute mark, and even though the solid share of work of both Dutch riders, it was not possible to bring the gap down and the pink jersey slipped away from William’s fingers. 

Currently, the Ronde de l’Isard winner sits in third place in the overall classification, two minutes and fourteen seconds down on the new race leader. Tomorrow the race will head again to the mountains as three categorized climb, including the finish atop of the Pian delle Fugazze, await the bunch. We enter into the final and decisive part of the race, that will compress four stages in the next three days.