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Inside the Baby Giro: Charlie Quarterman’s race diary #11

In his final diary entry, Charlie explains why he withdrew, and teases us about some exciting news around the corner

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 kept a race diary for The British Continental throughout his participation in the ‘Baby Giro’.

After his heroics on stage 7, Charlie felt the effects the next morning. Feeling unwell, he had to pull of the U23 Giro and consequently missed the final two stages of the race. In his final entry, he explains why he withdrew, and teases us about some exciting news around the corner…

It was clear to me after I crossed the line yesterday that I had gone really deep into my reserves to take that result

Charlie’s race diary #11

Written 22nd June, the morning after stage 7

It’s been quite the rollercoaster over the last few days. After suffering over the Mortirolo two times just fighting to make the time-cut, I went to nearly having a dream of a day yesterday with my best performance to date in the under-23 category, but the ride was not over yet. It was clear to me after I crossed the line yesterday that I had gone really deep into my reserves to take that result, and in this sort of stage race, you often pay for that. I woke up this morning and felt the effects of that ride. I had some sort of illness, presumably coming from the immune system being knocked to zero, and was forced to withdraw from the race with just two stages to go. This is of course incredibly disappointing as I feel I had so much more to give in the aid of my teammates, but it is what it is, and so I’ve headed home and taken an early bath. 

Charlie takes 4th in the 3km prologue time trial at the Giro d’Italia Giovani at Riccione, Italy, on 13 June 2019. Photo: Andrew Peat / espoirs.world

Although the end of this story is a little bitter to swallow, deep down I’m really satisfied

So that’s the Giro over for me. I can only be happy with what is almost a breakthrough for me on this level. I came in good form, I took 4th in the prologue and wore the green jersey the following day, before helping my teammates for a long while and then took my podium place yesterday after a big day out. It has been such an incredible experience just to be a part of this race, but to be able to perform on this level and take some results from it gives me a lot of confidence heading forward. So although the end of this story is a little bitter to swallow, deep down I’m really satisfied. I hope you all enjoyed following the journey for me, and that the insight to my world wasn’t too boring… Thank you all for reading! 

Hopefully I’ll have some more good news to report on next week… 

Keep you updated.

Ciao. 

Race wrap

The race was a story of two nations: Britain and Columbia. The Columbians dominated in the mountains; their haul included four stage victories, the top three places in the GC and the mountains jersey to boot.

The British also scored stage victories. Ethan Hayter won the prologue and then took stage 1 from a late break. Matt Walls was the victor in a bunch sprint on stage 2. And then Fred Wright took a fine breakaway win on stage 7.

Beyond the stage victories, there were other noteworthy British performances. Ethan Hayter battled to 15th overall on GC, and also won the points jersey. In the youth classification, Mason Hollyman was 7th and Dan Tulett was 8th, highlighting they are both ones to watch in future seasons. And of course our diarist Charlie Quarterman took 4th on the prologue and then 3rd on stage 7.

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