Holdsworth-Zappi rider Charlie Quarterman, one of our U23 riders to watch this season, is one of a host of British riders riding the Giro d’Italia Ciclista, this U23 version of the Giro. He is keeping a race diary for The British Continental throughout the ‘Baby Giro’.
Ethan Hayter (Great Britain) won the 3.3km prologue, his third UCI road win of the season, cementing his place as as one of the most promising young Brits around.
Charlie also excelled, finishing not far behind in 4th, one of his best results to date.
Charlie’s race diary #2
Well, what can I say? This prologue was a target for me from a long way off, as I mentioned in the preview yesterday, and I’m pleased that I put effort into it given what happened today.
I swept through the corners as planned and finished with absolutely nothing left
The day ran like clockwork. An easy spin in the morning to wake up the legs and just keep us occupied before we relaxed, ate, and previewed the course that we’d take on in the evening. After a good 40 minute warm up I headed over to the start that was surrounded by some fairly decent crowds of fans and prepared to head off. The effort went well. With a prologue as technical as today’s one, it’s always hard to get the power down in the way you want, and so I was somewhat below the target in that respect, but I swept through the corners as planned and finished with absolutely nothing left.
As I came across the line I was in 3rd place, only to be moved down one spot by the flying Ethan Hayter, who was to take the pink jersey and the win. 4th place at only 1.8 seconds from the win means a good performance, some potential in the next few days, and the green jersey for me!
I can only be happy with making a mark like this but as always, it’s very easy to focus on the negatives, and the ‘what ifs’, whether it be the slow, over-geared start or the corners that were maybe a little bit too safe…
Nevertheless we celebrate with prosecco tonight. For tomorrow I ride with the same coloured jersey that our manager Flavio Zappi wore in the real Giro some years ago! Furthermore, our GC boys didn’t lose much time to their rivals in the race, so we can relax and be happy for now.
The real fight starts tomorrow.
Stage 1 preview
Running from Riccione to Santa Sofia (141.4km), stage 1 is one of the stages most likely to end in a bunch sprint. But a 2.5km climb just 10km from the finish could provide opportunities for late breakaway attempts. If it does come down to a sprint, watch out for Brits Matt Walls and Jake Stewart, as well as Aussie sprinting sensation Kaden Groves, who was second in the prologue today. Ethan Hayter shouldn’t be ruled out either…