Giro d’Italia U23
Prologue: Forli-Forli (4.4 km CRI)

A flat, urban course, four large straights, two right-hand corners and two left-hand corners, which extended over 4.4 kilometres, brought into play the first maglia rosa of the Giro d’Italia U23 on Thursday. With a time of 4:58, the Italian Edoardo Affini (SEG) became the first leader of a general standings where his compatriot Matteo Moschetti took a remarkable seventh place for Polartec-Kometa, six seconds behind the winner.

The prologue of the Giro d’Italia Giovani at Forli, Italy, on 7 June 2018.

The Spaniard Juan Pedro López, the last of the riders of the Madrid team to face the time trial, set a great time in his first race as a rider of the continental squad, finishing in twenty-sixth place, twelve seconds behind the winner. Immediately afterwards, twenty-seventh, the Austrian Patrick Gamper The six riders of the Madrid formation finished in the top sixty of a stage in which 176 riders took part.

“We’ve already got the Giro going. Matteo has made a good time trial. And Juanpe, very good time for Juanpe. Overall the average level has been very good. All that’s left is the Giro. Today was a contact day, we had to pass the day without any setbacks, look for sensations and get into the rhythm of the race; that was the important thing. And in general terms, the performance has been very very good”, explains Jesús Hernández, director of Polartec-Kometa in the Italian race.

This Friday, first stage online. And first great opportunity to click on Moschetti’s options in a volata. The cyclists will face 137.7 kilometres between Riccione and Forli, which will have two small orographic difficulties in their final part. Bertinoro and Roca delle Caminate, the latter with its summit twenty kilometres from the end, will bring ‘pepper’ to the last third of the day.

(automatic translation, sorry for mistakes)

? Andrew Peat

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