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’.
It was a rest day yesterday, ahead of another summit finish today on stage 5. Here’s what Charlie got up to…
What we all imagined to be an incredibly chilled, fun day by the pool was surprisingly busy
Charlie’s race diary #7
It was actually my first experience of a mid-race rest day! They’re surprisingly rare as not many races go past being 3 or 4 days long, so you have to just suffer through. As it stands, we’ve done 4 stages and a prologue, and I can confirm that the legs are feeling that!
Anyway, what did we do in our first day without routine since last Wednesday? Well, a lot was occupied with travel. We had a 4 hour drive to do as the race takes a sudden turn into the mountains from tomorrow onwards, and this meant that what we all imagined to be an incredibly chilled, fun day by the pool was surprisingly busy! After a relaxed morning and one or two stops, it’s wasn’t until 5pm that we actually got out on the bikes and had the classic rest day ride… I won’t say what that involves… but it was sweet.
It’s amazing how fast these days go! The idea that we are only a few, albeit very challenging stages to go until the end of the Giro is quite bizarre to us now that we are trapped in our daily routine! But my role has really changed now. I will spend my next few days looking after our skinny boys in the best way possible, and hopefully they can show you all what they’re made of! Keep you updated.
Stage 5 preview
The riders are thrown back into the mountains today with a 158km stage featuring a summit finish on the Passo del Maniva. San Colombano marks the start of the 13.3 km long climb up to the summit. With an average gradient of 6,8%, it’s a fairly steady climb on the whole. With a flat profile before the climb, this may not be a stage for fireworks. And with a double helping of the Mortirolo to look forward to on stage 6, riders may be wise to save themselves!